[UPDATE: Monday] Bold, Masked Thief Breaks Into Fortuna Business This Morning
Valentine said they had extra money tucked with the bank deposit and the burglar went right to the drawer where the money was kept. “After watching the video footage, this guy seemed to have knowledge of where to look. The place where money is kept is the first place he looked.”
The alarm went off when the man broke the window. “He was here for just a few minutes,” Valentine said. “He understood he had a certain amount of time to get out. Maybe just a few minutes. The owner lives just like a mile or so away.” He did take time, Valentine said, to drag out a new television that had just been purchased.
According to surveillance tape, the owner showed up just a few minutes after the burglar left. “The guy had just walked out the front door,” Valentine said. “The owner walked in maybe two minutes later. She did not see him.”
Valentine said that she is glad the owner did not show up while the burglar was still there. She is worried that the owner could have been assaulted.
The burglar appears to have parked at least a short distance away from the business. “None of the outside cameras caught a vehicle,” she said. “We are assuming he did have a vehicle because he drug a rather large tv out the front door….We’re hoping somebody can recognize him and give us an idea of what direction to go.”
If anyone has information, please contact Fortuna Police Department: Evan Beechel 707 725 7550.