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Three men arrested in Rancho Bernardo restaurant burglaries

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Posted at 10:20 PM, May 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 17:15:35-04

Rancho Bernardo, Calif. (KGTV) – Sheriff’s investigators and San Diego Police Detectives worked together to arrest three men after a series of small business burglaries in the Poway and Rancho Bernardo area.

Robbers shattered the glass doors of Tony Pepperoni early Sunday morning and stole the restaurant’s safe.

"I was just happy it was at 5 a.m., and nobody was here and everyone's safe," said Sarah Dean, the manager of the pizza place. 

She said security cameras caught the burglary on camera.

Pattaya Thai, the restaurant right across the street, was also broken into early Sunday morning.

Dean believed the same thieves robbed both restaurants, which are in Rancho Carmel Village Center.

The next break in the case came from more than three miles away in 4S Ranch on Sunday afternoon when a neighbor reported loud noise coming from behind the Boys and Girls Club.

When deputies arrived, they found three men trying to crack the Tony Pepperoni’s safe.

Sheriff’s investigators and SDPD detectives arrested and questioned Da'Shon Morales, 20, Jesus Ruiz Arias Jr., 19, and Fernando Vazquez Cruz, 20, on Sunday night in connection with burglary, possession of stolen property and other crimes.
Investigators said the trio might have been involved in other break-ins around the county. 

"I know that they've broken into tons of restaurants and little mom and pop places that don't deserve it, so I hope that justice is served," said Dean.