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Galt burglary suspect shot

Deputy wounds suspect after coffee house burglary; a second man was also arrested

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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 9:19 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Sat Jan 28, 2012.

A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a burglary suspect early Friday morning at a Galt coffee shop.

A second suspect was later arrested and briefly hospitalized for bites from a police dog.

Police believe the two may be involved in a string of burglaries in and around Galt.

At approximately 2 a.m., the Galt Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department received an alarm call from the It’s A Grind Coffee House at 10420 Twin Cities Road, according to Lt. Jim Uptegrove of the Galt Police Department.

Officers saw a vehicle with its engine running parked directly outside the business door, Uptegrove said.

The glass door and window of the business had been shattered, and one of the sheriff’s deputies noticed a male subject inside the business. Another deputy observed a second male subject running westbound from the business, Uptegrove added.

According to Uptegrove, the two deputies entered the coffee shop to try and apprehend the suspect still inside. The suspect ran into the back of the coffee shop, apparently to try and find a back door to try and escape.

When he did not find an exit, Uptegrove said, the suspect turned around, ran past one deputy, then started charging another deputy standing at the entrance of the shop, allegedly with something in his hand.

The deputy near the door fired three shots and hit the suspect twice, Uptegrove said, once in the upper torso and once below the waist.

Despite being shot, the suspect continued to run out of the business before he was tackled by deputies a few yards away from the entrance of the coffee shop.

The suspect, a 27-year-old man, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, though Uptegrove said the man was expected to survive emergency surgery.

Sheriff’s deputies and Galt and Elk Grove police officers and K-9 units then set up a perimeter to look for the second burglary suspect who had escaped.

At approximately 3:15 a.m., that suspect, a 22-year-old man, was found hiding underneath a motor home a quarter-mile away from the coffee shop, according to Uptegrove.

He was also transported to the hospital for bite wounds from a police dog, Uptegrove said, though he has since been released from medical care and into police custody.

It’s A Grind owner Tim McCabe said employees were only able to enter the coffee shop around 9:30 a.m. after police were finishing up their investigation.

He said a safe was taken from his store, but that fortunately, police had retrieved it and it would be given back to him shortly.

“The biggest loss for us was business this morning ... Friday is a busy day,” he said. “We are hoping to get back up and running by noon.”

McCabe added that he was glad there was not too much damage to his business, apart from shattered front doors, which he said would probably cost a couple thousand dollars to repair.

After both suspects were taken away, Uptegrove said a search of the area around the coffee shop yielded some interesting finds.

He said a cash register that had been taken from a pizza restaurant on East Stockton Boulevard in Galt earlier that evening was found near the Comfort Inn, a few blocks from It’s A Grind.

The restaurant had been broken into the same way the coffee shop had, leading police to suspect the same men apprehended in the coffee shop incident had committed that burglary as well.

“As the investigation began to unfold, we began to realize that these guys were probably responsible for multiple burglaries that have occurred over the last several weeks in and around Galt,” Uptegrove said. “We are glad we got these guys and that they are in police custody.”

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • Robert Jacobs posted at 9:47 am on Sun, Jan 29, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Yeah well just because these deputies say it doesn't mean it's so... Law enforcement don't aren't always the most forth coming when it comes to the truth!

  • Richard Turner posted at 1:57 pm on Fri, Jan 27, 2012.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    Good job....keep up the good work !!



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