Law enforcement officials are investigating a string of crimes committed over the weekend.
Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded early Saturday morning to a report of a burglary at Burger King, located at 5005 Coakley Circle in Mariposa.
After meeting with Burger King employees, it was discovered when they first arrived in the early morning, a door to the business was propped open and items were scattered around the floor. Upon further investigation, it was determined the security system had been disabled and along with some minor vandalism inside the business, an undetermined amount of money had been taken.
In addition, deputies investigated reports of vandalism at Donuts A Go-Go, China Station and Yosemite Liquors, each located in the same building at 5004 Highway 140 in Mariposa.
An employee had noticed that upon opening the business that a majority of the lights would not work and that the phone appeared not to be working. Further investigation determined that power and phone lines outside the building had been cut sometime during the night. It did not appear that entry had been made into the business.
None of the stores reported being broken into, and no items were stolen, according to the sheriff’s office.
“They didn’t get into any of the stores,” said Patti Murdock, owner of Donuts A Go-Go. “It was a little shocking.”
But it did result in a loss of revenue to the stores, Murdock said.
“We lost the whole day on Saturday. We had to reconfigure our stuff,” Murdock added, noting several of the donut store’s ovens had to be reset. “It was a crappy day.”
Murdock said specialists from Pacific Gas and Electric, as well as Sierra Tel, were quick to help after the incident to get the electricity, phones and Internet access running again.
It is believed that these two events are related and Mariposa County detectives are following up on leads as the investigation continues.