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Citrus Heights skate shop reportedly hit by U-Haul van in attempted break-in

Plywood sheets can be seen covering the front windows of Surf & Skate at 7598 Greenback Ln., in this photo from Aug. 23, 2022. // M. Hazlip

By Mike Hazlip—
The glass door and front windows of a skate shop across from San Juan High School were boarded up last month after an attempted break-in involving a U-Haul van, the owner says.

An employee at the store who spoke with The Sentinel previously said the incident occurred Aug. 4 at about 3 a.m. Several weeks later, the boarded-up frontage remained.

Surf & Skate shop owner Bob Mitchell told The Sentinel in an interview Wednesday his security cameras captured a male with a long black pony tail driving a U-Haul van into the building but the store’s security gate prevented him from gaining access to the store.

Mitchell said a Citrus Heights police officer responded to the scene, but the individual had fled before police arrived.

Citrus Heights police Lt. Chad Morris said police do not have a report of the incident. Records show a hit-and-run near the business and “a couple of homeless related calls” but no reports of a break-in within the past year, according to Morris.

Employees from neighboring businesses did not have additional information about the incident.

Mitchell has drawn the ire of Antifa Sacramento for his involvement with Proud Boys, but said he does not believe the incident was politically motivated. Antifa Sacramento lists Mitchell on their website encouraging members to leave negative reviews on Surf and Skate’s social media pages.

Surf & Skate is located at 7598 Greenback Ln., near Mariposa Avenue.

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