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By Mike Hazlip—
A vandalism incident last week resulted in property damage of around $28,000 for a popular Japanese noodle restaurant near Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue.
Fukumi Ramen Shift Leader Calvin Alford said the bottom portion of several windows were broken along one side of the restaurant and confirmed nothing had been stolen inside. He said employees witnessed a couple who appeared to be homeless arguing near the location earlier the same day, but could not confirm any connection to the vandalism.
Manager of neighboring California Fish Grill, Ken Burrows, told The Sentinel the vandal or vandals broke only those windows out of view of his security cameras.
Executive Director of Sunrise MarketPlace, Kathilynn Carpenter, shared photos of the damage with The Sentinel, showing eight of ten glass windows along one side of the restaurant with a single hole that appears to have been smashed from the outside.
A suspect or suspect has not been identified, but Carpenter said “transient property damage is a real problem” for businesses in the Sunrise-Greenback commercial corridor. “Trying to stay on top of it is like playing whack a mole,” she said.
Citrus Heights police said no other businesses in the shopping center on the northeastern corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue were vandalized. There is no evidence the act was targeted or has any connection to other similar incidents in the area, police say.
The Sentinel previously reported a similar act targeting Mountain Mike’s pizza at 7777 Sunrise Blvd. on May 8. Dalvir Singh Brar, owner of the restaurant, said it appeared to be a targeted act. Nothing was reported stolen.
Multiple windows were also broken at Asian and Cajun 2, located just outside the city limit at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Greenback Lane. Restaurant owner Raymond Saechao told The Sentinel surveillance camera video shows two individuals used a hammer to break several windows at about 4 a.m. on June 11. He said both individuals had their faces covered and could not be identified.
Saechao said his business has been broken into on two previous occasions where thieves took cash registers. Nothing was stolen in this latest act of vandalism, Saechao said. He noted that a vehicle parked in front of his business was towed away earlier the same day as the vandalism, but said he was not the one who reported the vehicle to authorities.
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