The Yuba County Sheriff's Department has arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with several commercial break-ins that occurred Saturday morning in Olivehurst.
Authorities said Keith Cook, who is homeless, was taken into custody later in the day when a deputy saw him walking in East Linda. Cook was in possession of an item allegedly stolen from the Cinco de Mayo Restaurant, one of the targeted businesses, officials said.
Deputies received the first of the burglary reports just before 2 a.m. Saturday. Responding to an alarm at Hometown Burger in the 4700 block of Olivehurst Avenue, deputies found that someone had pried open a door of the business. The owner later determined that the cash register had been stolen, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.
Later Saturday morning, the Sheriff's Department received four similar calls from other businesses in the 4800 to 5000 block of Olivehurst Avenue. The cash register was missing from the Cinco de Mayo Restaurant, where someone had pried a lock and forced entry to the building. Someone also had attempted to force open a door at the nearby Express Laundry but was apparently unable to get into the building, officials said.
Deputies also were called to the Las Tarascas Restaurant where a door had been forcibly removed from the building's restroom. The intruder, who had cut power to the building, had entered the restroom and attempted to force entry to other parts of the building through the wall. Someone also had broken into a shed on the property and appeared to have taken several items, including a weed cutter, clothing and paint, according to the news release.
About 5:30 a.m., deputies responded to the Olivehurst Mini-Mart. The owner had arrived at 5 a.m. and discovered that the power was off. He turned the power back on and noted several minutes later that the surveillance camera on the roof malfunctioned. Within a minute, an individual could be seen coming off the roof. Deputies viewed the video and identified Cook as a potential suspect.
An addition to the item from the Cinco de Mayo Restaurant, Cook had a small amount of methamphetamine in his possession when he was taken into custody, according to the news release. He was booked into Yuba County Jail on suspicion of burglary and possession of a controlled substance.