GUSTINE - Gustine police said two businesses were burglarized in the early-morning hours of Wednesday, Aug. 14, and that a stolen pickup truck was linked to those cases.
La Mexicana Market and Chevron were broken into, police said.
The sequence of events started shortly after 3 a.m. when a Gustine officer responded to La Mexicana Market regarding a security alarm activation at the rear of the business.
While he was checking that facility, the officer received a call of a burglary in progress at Chevron, where employees of the McDonald’s which shares the building with the convenience store had locked themselves in a business office in response to glass breakage.
The officer discovered major damage to the north entrance and wall of the Chevron. Security footage revealed that a white pickup truck had been backed into the building to gain entry, and that two people clad in hooded sweatshirts entered the store and removed items from the customer service counter. The pair then fled in the truck.
During the followup investigation, an unoccupied Chevrolet pickup truck was discovered parked on Laurel Avenue just south of Lucerne, with its engine still running. The vehicle had damage to the rear. Police subsequently determined that the truck had been stolen from a residence in the 300 block of West Avenue, and that it was the vehicle involved in the Chevron burglary.
At about 6:30 a.m., police established that a burglary had in fact taken place at the La Mexicana Market as well. Surveillance footage showed the pickup truck in front of the store, the front door glass being broken and the same two individuals from the Chevron burglary entering the building. Bottles of beer and/or soda were taken, police said, resulting in minor property loss.
Authorities determined that the suspects had left the business just prior to the officers arrival in response to the original alarm call.
Investigation into the events is continuing, police said.
Anybody with information about the cases is asked to call Gustine police, 854-3737.