Burglar takes $400 and iPhone from Stevenson Donuts

Thuong Sauv points to security camera footage of where a thief cut a hole in a wall to break into his donut shop in Stevenson Ranch on Monday, August 28, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

A burglar broke into Stevenson Donuts late Sunday night and stole an iPhone and roughly $400 from a cabinet.

Video footage shows a burglar crawling into the donut shop through a hole made in the vacant building next door, in a Stevenson Ranch shopping center on Hemingway Ave.

Thuong Sauv, owner of Stevenson Donuts, said he estimates the burglar broke in just after 10 p.m. and was inside for about 10 minutes.

Sauv and his wife Jamie S. Phaev got a call from their uncle who went into the shop at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night to start making donuts for the next morning.

“Who are they and why are they so brave to do that?” Jamie S. Phaev said.

The uncle asked why the couple had made such a mess in the shop before realizing a burglary had taken place, so they knew something was wrong because they had left the store clean when they locked up at 8 p.m.

There were two holes in the wall leading into the kitchen, one the burglar’s first attempt and the second used to successfully break into the shop, Sauv said. The donut shop owner figures the burglar entered through the back door of the vacant building.

After a largely sleepless night for Sauv and Phaev, Stevenson Donuts opened Monday morning at 4:30 a.m. as usual.

After locals heard about the incident, community members came to show their support of the couple and buy donuts.

Thuong Sauv moves equipment away to reveal a hole that a thief cut into a wall to break into his donut shop in Stevenson Ranch on Monday, August 28, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

“This neighborhood is nice,” Phaev said. “A lot of people came.”

Sauv suggests the culprit could be one of the young adults who frequently hang out in front of the abandoned building next door, which he said has been vacant for seven years. Sauv said since there are so many people in the group who hang out in front of the abandoned store, he typically tries to avoid them.

“There are too many,” Thuong Sauv said. “I’m too scared.”

When he has called the police about the group before, all they can do is tell them to pick up their trash.

Thuong Sauv opens the back door of a vacant business that he and investigators believe a thief used to break into his donut shop in Stevenson Ranch on Sunday night. Katharine Lotze/The Signal


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Gina Ender

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Gina Ender is a journalist covering city government and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in February 2017. You can contact Gina Ender at gender@signalscv.com, 661-287-5525 or follow her on Twitter at @ginaender.