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CHPD: ‘Person of interest’ arrested in window-smash incidents

Austin Smith (L) and Dalvir Singh Brar (R) in front of Brar’s pizza restaurant where almost every window was broken earlier this year in what appeared to be a targeted act of vandalism. // M. Hazlip

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Citrus Heights police said in a news release on Friday that a “person of interest” has been arrested in connection with a series of window-smash incidents at area businesses, with damage totaling more than half-a-million dollars.

Police said detectives from multiple jurisdictions coordinated together to investigate a series of vandalism incidents spanning several counties over the past few months. The Sentinel has reported on window-smash incidents at Mountain Mikes Pizza as well as at Fukumi Ramen, both located on Sunrise Boulevard.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, police said Citrus Heights detectives and the Sacramento Police Department served search warrants at a residence and business involving a “person of interest” in the slew of vandalism incidents. Police said 30-year-old Philip Archuleta, of Roseville, was arrested during the operation “for unrelated crimes including possession of a stolen assault weapon, and child endangerment.”

Police said Archuleta was running the business of “Brothers Doors and Glass” without a contractor’s license and noted that additional charges related to the window smash vandalism are anticipated to be made “in the near future.”

Police said the investigation has determined the vandalism was not a hate related crime.

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