POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:02pm
SACRAMENTO, CA - A glass repairman in suburban Sacramento County broke windows to drum up business, sheriff's investigators said.
Andrew Krogh, who runs AA Glass and Mirror, was arrested Monday night and booked on six felony counts of vandalism.
It started with a simple broken window at Quality Business Machines.
Office manager Pam Lassiter said a glass repairman quickly approached her with help.
"'Here's my card, I can make you a deal, get it boarded up for you,' so on and so forth. We took him up on it, because we'd never had a glass problem," Lassiter said.
But at least 15 broken windows later, it had become a frustrating and expensive mystery.
"It was driving us crazy, and I felt like — we even added cameras to the side of the building, in areas by the street, to see if we could catch these guys doing it," said Mike Hogan, video services manager.
Last Thursday, another window break turned out to be a breakthrough.
Hogan matched surveillance video to the times of the glass break alarms, "and sure enough, I saw the white van," he said.
Sheriff's detectives traced the van to Krogh, who was arrested after students at a martial arts studio spotted the van cruising past.
"Times are tough, people are pretty much willing to do anything to get money these days," Lassiter said.