The crimes occurred in Eastern Madera County in the late evening hours of Sunday, Jan. 20, and the early morning of Monday, Jan. 21.
On Jan. 20, shortly after 11 p.m., deputies responded to Grocery Outlet in Oakhurst for an alarm call. Upon arrival at the scene, they found evidence of a break-in.
While on scene, an alarm call was received from Napa Auto Parts in Coarsegold, followed by a call from Meadowridge Chevron, and shortly thereafter, Skywalk in Rolling Hills/Business 41 area. Each business showed obvious signs of a break-in and reported missing items, primarily cash.
The suspects are described as five subjects wearing track clothes, hooded jackets, masks and gloves, and carrying a hand truck.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspects left the scene in two separate vehicles – one was a white, 2-door extended cab late model GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck; the second was a 4-door newer model-year sedan, dark in color, unknown make or model (see photos).
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in the identification of the subject(s) and/or vehicles.
If anyone has information related to this incident, or possible related incidents in the area, please contact the office at (559) 675-7770.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to advise residents to always remain alert and report any suspicious activity to their office.