Chico business owner, fed up with a series of robberies, asks other businesses to join

Chico business owner, fed up with a series of robberies, asks other businesses to join

“We’ve been here at this location about 17 years,” said Bob Tolar, owner of North State Audio Visual. “This has been a very safe complex because it’s off the beaten path and most people don’t know we’re back here.” Nestled in between multiple buildings near the Chico airport you will find North State Audio Visual on Cabin Hollow Ct.

You can see three people wearing masks get out of that van and open the door to North State Audio Visual.

But the driver of this car did. Tolar said he has a video of this van outside his business in early June.

“All three guys coming and going,” Tolar explained, “now the alarm is beeping off right now and fifteen seconds or so it goes off at which point you can see them pick up the pace quite a bit.”

The owner tells Action News Now the culprits are very specific on what they take. They walk past lights, they walk past speakers that are worth thousands of dollars. Taking instead simple tools.

“They know it’s going to be a misdemeanor,” Tolar said.

Two weeks later another break in this time at nearby by “Helping Hands.”

Tolar put new locks on his business and “Helping Hands” put on new locks as well.

“Incomes this Honda Accord four-door and we knew it was strange immediately because they pulled around the back of our shop. They parked out of view and then two minutes later we see the door to their shop open up from the inside. Suspicious person peering out it was right there in the window and the owner said they were not there,” Tolar said.

“This time the changes that we all made to the locks prevented them from getting into the building so they hopped the fence and broke into a trailer,” Tolar said.

Now Tolar is putting the word out to nearby business owners to see if they’ve had recent burglaries too.

“If we can link these together and turn this into one crime spree then maybe we can get them on grand theft instead of a misdemeanor.”

Tolar said he did report these incidents to authorities, he tells Action News Now that police have confirmed each vehicle shown in the videos was indeed stolen.

If you would like to connect with Tolar you can email him at bob@northstateav.com

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