Four Simi Valley Restaurants Targeted in String of Burglaries

Several popular restaurants in Simi Valley were burglarized within just a few hours of each other in the early hours Saturday.

Four restaurants in total were struck. Officers responded to Old Susana Cafe around 1: 30 a.m., where suspects had broken glass and gotten away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The owner said this isn't the first time her restaurant has been targeted.

"This is the second time. The first time they took the safe. This time I was smart; I bolted that down. Last night they took the register," cafe owner Geri Wetanson said. "They smashed the front door into about a thousand pieces, then they just took off. It took about two minutes for everything."

Just down the road, about fifteen minutes later, burglars smashed a window at the Chili's restaurant. An alarm sounded and a security guard nearby saw two individuals get into a car and drive away.

Police said money was stolen from Chili's, but did not give an amount.

Hours later, around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, in the same Simi Valley neighborhood, an employee at Chi Chi's saw that both Chi Chi's and the Baskin Robbins next door had smashed windows.

A Chi Chi's manager said they don't leave money in the register overnight, and no money was stolen.

Police said they have reason to believe the string of burglaries is connected.