Wednesday, May 25 2022

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for the suspect involved in an early morning burglary at a comic book store. At around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, someone broke into Empire’s Comics Vault at 1120 Fulton Ave. Surveillance camera video shows the burglar making his way through the front door and smashing the door frame. The person then walked through the store, grabbing various items from behind the cash register and throwing them all into a bag. The burglar then escaped through a backdoor. “We’ve just spent the last year and a half keeping the place together, making sure we can stay in business, and as things start to get back to normal someone is breaking in,” said owner Ben Schwartz. This is the fourth burglary in five years. Schwartz said he was already taking steps to tighten security around his store. “The damage to property far exceeds anything it actually gets,” said Schwartz, who said the thief stole around $ 300 to $ 400 in merchandise but created more than $ 4,000 in property damage . KCRA 3 learned that the Pizza Hut at the same mall was also broken into that morning. An official told Stephanie Lin of KCRA 3 that the same burglar entered through a side door, but left without cash, as all of the company’s money is kept in a safe. “It’s really upsetting,” said Alfonso Jimenez, a longtime Empire’s Comics customer. He donated a check to the store to help with some of the losses. “Just unhappy, someone might think they could victimize a small business,” he said. Comic book fan Jen Monson also stopped by the store with her husband. They have been loyal customers since 2015. “It totally broke my heart,” Monson said of the heist. “Who the hell would do that to a small business?” Fans have started a fundraiser to help Empire’s Comics cover the cost of the repairs.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for the suspect involved in an early morning burglary at a comic book store.

At around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, someone broke into Empire’s Comics Vault at 1120 Fulton Ave.

Surveillance camera video shows the burglar making his way through the front door and smashing the door frame.

The person then walked through the store, grabbing various items from behind the cash register and throwing them all into a bag. The burglar then escaped through a backdoor.

“We’ve just spent the last year and a half keeping the place together, making sure we can stay in business, and as things start to get back to normal someone is breaking in,” said owner Ben Schwartz.

This is the fourth burglary in five years. Schwartz said he is already taking steps to increase security around his store.

“The damage [the burglar did] to property is way beyond anything they actually get, ”said Schwartz, who said the thief stole around $ 300 to $ 400 in merchandise but caused more than $ 4,000 in property damage .

KCRA 3 learned that the Pizza Hut at the same mall was also broken into that morning. An official told Stephanie Lin of KCRA 3 that the same burglar entered through a side door, but left without cash, as all of the company’s money is kept in a safe.

“It’s really upsetting,” said Alfonso Jimenez, a longtime Empire’s Comics customer. He donated a check to the store to help with some of the losses.

“Just unhappy, someone might think they could victimize a small business,” he said.

Comic book fan Jen Monson also stopped by the store with her husband. They have been loyal customers since 2015.

“It totally broke my heart,” Monson said of the heist. “Who the hell would do that to a small business?” “

The fans started a Fundraising to help Empire’s Comics with the cost of repairing the damage.

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