Citrus Heights police suspect an unlicensed glass contractor was behind a months-long window smashing vandalism spree that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to storefronts across the Sacramento area.
Philip John Archuleta, 30, of Roseville, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of unrelated allegations of child endangerment and possession of a stolen assault weapon, but Citrus Heights police said they anticipate adding felony charges related to the string of incidents that caused more than $500,000 in damage to businesses across the Sacramento region.
Archuleta operates the unlicensed “Brothers Doors and Glass,” police said in a Friday news release.
The Roseville man was booked Thursday into Placer County Jail where he was being held without bail on the child endangerment and weapons charges.
Citrus Heights police described a multi-agency investigation that led to the Roseville man’s arrest calling its investigation “ongoing.”
“Many of the business victims suffered extensive losses totaling thousands of dollars to repair their large glass windows,” Citrus Heights Police Cmdr. Jason Russo said in a statement Friday announcing Archuleta’s arrest.
“The investigation revealed multiple victims and included multiple county jurisdictions linked to the potential series of vandalisms,” Russo said.
Citrus Heights and Sacramento police served warrants Thursday on Archuleta’s home and the business of an unnamed “person of interest.”
Windows at two of the businesses, a Sunrise Boulevard pizza restaurant and a noodle house also on Sunrise, were each smashed twice fueling early speculation that the smash spree was motivated by hate, but investigators later laid the theory aside.