Deputies investigate safe theft at Salida library

Stanislaus County deputies were working Thursday to get a read on a burglary Wednesday night at the Salida branch of the county library.

They are looking for either a couple of burglars, or one very muscular one, who made off with a 400-pound safe containing a few hundred dollars in cash and checks. "We think it was more than one person," said Sheriff's Department spokesman Royjindar Singh.

Deputies responding to an alarm at 11:23 p.m. arrived four minutes later, and found a chair in the parking lot that burglars apparently used to roll the safe outside.

The building was secure and there was no sign of forced entry, according to Singh. Deputies believe the burglars might have had a key to the building.

Susan Lilly, a spokeswoman for the library system, said library staff members have to sign for keys and are responsible for them.

A library employee who came to let deputies into the building Wednesday night noticed the safe was missing.

The burglars still have the problem of getting the safe open. "Safes are built to keep people out," Singh noted, but the burglars now have time to work on it, he added.

Deputies have no suspects yet, but when they find them, they'll book 'em.

Bee staff writer Tim Moran can be reached at tmoran@modbee.com or 578-2349.