Surveillance video caught a man sneaking into the popular restaurant Mother in midtown Sacramento when it was closed over the weekend and pouring powdered sugar on himself for several seconds in the eatery’s empty kitchen.
Ryan Donahue, a partner in the Mother and Empress restaurants in Sacramento, said he was walking by Mother about 1 p.m. Saturday when he saw the man and followed him out. Donahue said he then called the Downtown Partnership, a property improvement organization, which he presumes called police.
On Monday, Sacramento police said officers detained 38-year-old Sacramento resident Shannon Berry near the location shortly after the incident. Berry was arrested on suspicion of burglary and was served with a notice of trespass, police said.
Donahue said the man went into six or seven businesses in a span of 10 minutes. He appeared to have gotten into Mother when an employee left the door partially open, Donahue said.
The surveillance video shows the man hiding behind a counter, then grabbing a beer and some other items, and sprinkling himself with powdered sugar.
“He was on another plane,” Donahue said. “He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. It was the closest thing I’ve seen to Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil. ... It was unique even for K Street. ... It wasn’t malicious. It was just weird.”