A local family is picking up the pieces after falling victim to an early morning smash and grab style robbery at their Folsom restaurant Friday. 

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Folsom Police are still investigating the robbery that targeted Teriyaki Station at 141 Iron Point Road. Despite the damage and mess that was left behind, the restaurant was open for business on Friday.

“We’re pushing through, it doesn’t help that’s it’s really hot and our doors are wide open,” Kate Deocampo told Folsom Times. Deocampo and her family have been operating the restaurant for just over five-years in Natoma Station. The family-owned restaurant is known for its grilled teriyaki dishes and authentic Filipino dishes. 

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The break in occurred at approximately 1 a.m. on Friday, July 21. Security footage from inside the restaurant captured images of three suspects entering the restaurant after smashing the front doors of the establishment that is located near the Larkspur hotel and the Century 14 movie theater. An additional suspect showed up shortly after the initial entry. All the of suspects were wearing dark colored hoodies and masks.

Once inside, the suspects ransacked several areas of the restaurant and reportedly stole a variety of items as well as cash, which included employee tips. “Our employees prefer to take their share of the tips at the end of the week,” said Deocampo.  All together the family estimates the loss and damage to be in the neighborhood of $5000.

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Over recent weeks, various restaurants across Sacramento County have experienced break-ins. Already a challenged industry in tough economic times, the break-ins are taking their toll on business owners. Not only are the establishments suffering the loss of stolen items and the cost of insurance deductibles, it’s commonplace for insurance premiums to rise as claims increase. 

The Deocampo family shared various images captured by their security cameras. They are hoping to raise awareness for other business owners in the area and that members of the community may be able help to identify the suspects.

“We’ve had the business for six years now, and we’ve never had anything like this happen,” said Miguel Deocampo.”

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Anyone who may have any information to assist with the investigation is urged to contact the Folsom Police Department at (916) 355-7230. 

Bill Sullivan
Author: Bill Sullivan

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