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Citrus Heights Police Seek Help to ID Theft Suspects

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Photo of one suspect police say was caught on camera stealing welding equipment at a Citrus Heights store

Updated Oct. 18, 1:05 p.m. —
Citrus Heights police emailed and tweeted a request for help Friday night, seeking assistance from the community to identify two suspects who are alleged to have been caught on camera stealing a welding tool valued at over $1,000 from Barnes Welding Supply in Citrus Heights.

Police say on October 10, around 12:45 p.m., two suspects walked into the welding store at 6005 Auburn Blvd in Citrus Heights, and were observed to be engaged in suspicious activity.

A Miller Electric TIG welding machine was taken off the shelf and brought to a waiting vehicle, without being paid for, according to police. The vehicle appeared to be a newer model silver Toyota Sequoia, and was seen driving away south on Auburn Boulevard toward Manzanita Avenue.

“Our smaller, family-owned businesses work tirelessly to keep their prices competitive and can’t afford to take losses of this magnitude due to the greed of a few,” said officer Wesley Herman in a press release containing photos of the suspects. “The photographs attached are very good quality and we’re certain that someone in the community will recognize these two theft suspects and assist us in identifying them.”

Citrus Heights police say the investigation is ongoing, and request that anyone who witnessed the incident, or has related information information, contact the Department’s Investigative Services Division at (916) 727-5500.

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Photo released by Citrus Heights police, showing two suspects accused of stealing a piece of welding equipment from Barnes Welding Supply.
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