Photo: Stephen Thomas and his take
ELVERTA – He must have really wanted sweets and smokes, and his target was the Riego Market at 8000 Pleasant Grove Road.
At 12:30 am on June 14 the PCSO responded to the store’s alarm. A witness saw a man climbing through the store window.
The suspect took a brick and threw it through the now broken window. Responding deputies did not come upon anyone once they arrived. They did find candy bards and ice cream on the floor.
Also, “the owner’s red Foodmaxx bag was missing.” The significance of this fact soon became apparent when deputies saw a man walking on Baseline Road. The man carried a red Foodmaxx bag.
They identified 37-year-old Sacramento resident Stephen Thomas as their suspect. In the bag Thomas had candy, ice dream and sodas. In addition, he had a new pack of smokes in his pocket.
Thomas’ story was that he was walking from the airport. The ice cream in his bag, however, was still frozen. His leg bled from a cut.
Thomas’ charge is burglary and his bail is $35,000.