Several Santa Clarita Valley businesses were broken into overnight earlier this week, leaving owners with shattered storefronts and ransacked restaurants.
Waffle Love along Newhall Ranch Road in Santa Clarita was broken into around 3 a.m. Thursday.
Video shared by the business shows the burglar in a hoodie running in and running out in a matter of minutes. He got away with a cash register and a safe.
Owner Boyd Bell said despite the fact that only petty cash was taken, the incident affects his restaurant because they have to close to clean up and deal with insurance.
He said it’s “disheartening” to see mom-and pop-shops get hit.
“It stinks. We have so many challenges being a small business owner in California as it is,” Bell said.
Meanwhile, other businesses in the same area were also broken into that morning.
Two masked suspects stole a cash register drawer at adjacent Kluckin Chicken, and a cash register drawer was found outside Poki Tomik after a break-in there.
Nearby Pizza Di Marco and Masa Ramen was also hit.
No one was hurt and the most that was taken was our change drawer. We want to thank the officers who helped us last night. And we will still be open for business like normal.
Please be safe,” Masa Ramen said in a Facebook post.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Natalie Arriaga confirmed that six businesses were burglarized during the spree. They are:
- 27051 McBean Parkway in Saugus had its front door shattered and approximately $30 dollars in coins was taken.
- 28253 Newhall Ranch Rd. in Valencia, where two businesses were broken into.
- 27674 Newhall Ranch Rd. in Valencia. The business had broken glass and part of register was found in the parking lot.
- 27674 Newhall Ranch Rd. and 28102 Newhall Ranch Rd. in Valencia had their front glass doors broken.
It is unknown if the burglaries are connected or if the same people were involved.
The investigation into the burglaries remains ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department station at 661-260-4000.