Caruthers business burglarized, thousands of dollars worth of power tools taken


A Caruthers business owner lost thousands of dollars worth of merchandise after the NAPA Auto Parts on Tahoe Ave was burglarized early Wednesday morning.

Tim Duff said the thieves smashed his front door just before 2 a.m. and took dozens of power tools in minutes.

“Having a business in California is a tough deal to start out with and you don’t really need other people taking your livelihood,” he said.

He said the thieves cleaned out the DeWalt power tool section along with taking armfulls of other merchandise.

“They were just in and out of here three times, coming out just basically hands full, pushing it out the door,” Duff said.

Duff was still taking inventory Wednesday afternoon, but said so far he was up to 33 items stolem, and thousands of dollars lost.

“We just got a report of some of the items they took. We’re looking at stuff from as little as $40 all the way up to $1,000,” Tony Botti with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.

Cameras were rolling, still Botti said this is a good reminder for business owners.

“It looks like (they’ve) got an older camera system, and the lights were out in the business,” he said.

Botti said good video, such as surveillance videos which helped lead deputies to the arrests of three suspects in a string of armed robberies in the same area late last year, can make all the difference.

“You might have to put out a little extra money, but if it’s worth protecting your stuff, then it’s probably worth investing in a better camera system,” Botti said.

Duff is hoping someone in the tight knit community knows something and is already upgrading his security.

The Sheriff’s Office believes the two male suspects were driving a compact four door car.

Duff said the tools will likely be selling at a deep discount, he and his staff are keeping an eye out and are asking anyone with information to give the sheriff’s office a call.

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