SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — San Luis Obispo County has seen a string of seemingly unrelated high-value burglaries over the previous week.
Some time between closing on Friday, July 6 and 10:30 a.m. on Monday July 9, several businesses inside a business park on South Main Street in Templeton were broken into, robbed and vandalized.
According to a press release issued by the SLO Sheriff’s Department, among the items stolen were three Dell laptop computers, a Gateway laptop, a small fridge, a two-cubic-foot safe, an iPod shuffle, a DVD player, a Panasonic camera and cash.
In addition to the thefts and other vandalism, a fire extinguisher was discharged inside the building.
A Sheriff’s spokesman said that the estimated value of the theft is $20,000, but there is no damage estimate yet.
Paso Robles also saw a robbery, assault and theft on Monday. The Paso Robles Press reported that a male juvenile was walking on the 1900 block of Creston Road at about 10:30 p.m. when he was assaulted by two people.
The victim was robbed and cut with a knife, but the injuries were minor. One suspect was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and violating his probation. The other suspect, described as 15 to 19 years of age, approximately six feet tall with a muscular build, is still at large.
On Thursday, July 12 some time before 5:15 a.m., Jim’s Campus Camera in San Luis Obispo was robbed of approximately $20,000 worth of camera equipment. No suspect has been arrested yet.
Also on Thursday, the Sheriff’s Department issued a press release and photographs of two people suspected of breaking into the vehicles of people using the Avila Beach Athletic Club to steal credit cards which were used to buy a $2,000 computer at the Mac Superstore in SLO and then used next door to buy more than $7,000 worth of gift cards at Target.
Video surveillance at the Mac Superstore yielded photos of the suspects.
The SLO Sheriff’s office said it does not believe at this time that these crimes are connected.
A spokesman did say that the department and other local law enforcement agencies urges anybody with information about any of the crimes to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 549-7867, texting “SLOTIPS plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) or submit your tip through the Crime Stoppers web site at www.slo
There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests and convictions.