CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — Troubles at a longtime local pizzeria have nervous workers and even customers.
This is after vandals targeted Mountain Mike’s Pizza near Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights twice in the past four months. Surveillance video from May 8 shows someone in a hoodie making their way down the sidewalk outside, smashing almost every window along the way.
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Now, less than a week later, owner Dave Brar and his employees still don’t know who would cause so much damage.
“You can actually see the car stop and then he goes around the building before that and then comes back and starts breaking the windows,” manager Evan Swarens said.
Swarens says the attack appears targeted because the suspect took nothing and did not damage any other storefronts in the complex. Also, this isn’t the first time they’ve come back to broken windows.
“Two people came and smashed the windows the first time,” Brar said.
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Brar showed other surveillance videos to CBS13 starting Jan. 30. This time, two people got out of a white truck and smashed six windows before taking off.
“It definitely scares me for my employees. And several customers asked me to take them out of the store because they felt uncomfortable,” Swarens said.
It’s been a local, family-run pizzeria for about two decades, and Brar fears it could be a hate crime in what he considers his second home.
“What should I say? I don’t know why, you know? They don’t get anything, they just break the window,” Brar said.
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According to Citrus Heights police, it appears to be a targeted attack, but there is no direct evidence linking it to a hate crime. Investigators are actively looking for the suspect(s) and will not tolerate hate in Citrus Heights.