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Thieves strike a third time at Auburn trailer business

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - In a scenario that is becoming painfully all too familiar to Sundowner Trailers co-owner Craig Daniel, thieves broke in to his business near Interstate 80 in Auburn and then cut a fence to reach their freeway escape route. Daniel said Thursday that the third heist since May from the Hilltop Drive business occurred overnight Wednesday and an estimated $20,000 in equipment that had been displayed for sale outside had been stolen. The theft followed similar break-ins to his business in June and May. In those break-ins, someone drove off I-80 and cut the wire fence to gain access to the lot and steal thousands of dollars in equipment. This time, thieves cut a front entrance lot before leaving with stolen property through a freshly cut length of fence. The cache included two utility vehicles and a couple of trailers, Daniel said. “We’re feeling helpless,” Daniel said. “I feel like we live in a safe community. Somebody’s got to know something.” Placer County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene Thursday morning checking tire tracks and interviewing employees at Sundowner. While Daniel said he’d like the investigation into what amounts to three similar crimes since May stepped up, he’s also doing what he can to thwart future thefts. “They hit us just before we were to install an extensive security system,” Daniel said. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the thefts or from anyone who had observed suspicious activity near the business. Daniel said the thefts occurred sometime between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday.