COARSEGOLD — Three juveniles are in custody following an investigation into a recent commercial burglary at the Coarsegold Smoke Shop.
On March 1, 2020 shortly after 1 a.m., the Madera County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a call for service in the 36000 block of Highway 41 in Coarsegold regarding an active alarm at a commercial property.
Deputy Aurelio Romero responded to the scene.
Surveillance footage revealed that a grey four-door sedan entered the parking lot and backed up to the business entrance. Two unidentified male suspects broke in through the business entrance and filled a large duffle bag with various items from the store.
The two suspects then re-entered the vehicle and exited the parking lot at a high rate of speed.
The stolen items were valued at over $22,000.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that about $2,000 in property damage was caused.
Based on witness statements during the follow-up investigation, Deputies Romero, Charles Robertson and Ryan Vermeulen identified a possible suspect relating to the vehicle shown in the surveillance footage.
On March 6, two juvenile suspects in the Oakhurst area, ages 16 and 17, were taken into custody for their role in the burglary.
A third juvenile suspect, age 17, was taken into custody on March 8.
All three suspects were booked in at the Madera County Juvenile Hall for felony charges of commercial burglary, conspiracy, and vandalism, as well as misdemeanor charges of possession of stolen property.