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Sacramento burglars make off with cash, electronics, food

Burglars left many of the products at Sacramento-based Preservation intact, but stole a bin of beef jerky and two bottles of vodka.
Burglars left many of the products at Sacramento-based Preservation intact, but stole a bin of beef jerky and two bottles of vodka. rchang@sacbee.com

Burglars with an appetite for beef jerky and vodka cleaned out food, cash and electronics at a 19th Street business Wednesday.

Preservation, a young Sacramento company that makes preserved foods such as pickles, was the target of burglars who stole an estimated $8,000 worth of cash, cameras and products, according to owner Jason Poole.

Poole, 31, said the incident occurred between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. When he arrived Wednesday morning, the front door was wide open.

“They took anything they could pawn for a few dollars,” Poole said.

In addition to $2,000 cash from the register, the criminals grabbed a bin of beef jerky, two bottles of Ketel One vodka and a couple of jars of pickles. But they left Poole’s desktop computer intact.

The burglars didn’t take anything from the kitchen or warehouse.

“Apparently, they liked the jerky,” Poole quipped, as he surveyed the damage.

The jerky is made by another company.

Sacramento police are investigating the burglary. Officer Traci Trapani, a department spokeswoman, said detectives went to the business to dust for fingerprints.

The business did not have surveillance cameras installed.

Wednesday afternoon the smell of vinegar brine filtered through the kitchen. Workers were busy preparing jars of jalapeño pickle chips.

“This could have been a lot more catastrophic,” Poole said, adding that he will soon install surveillance cameras.

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