John’s Pizza burglars thwarted

John’s  Pizza  burglars  thwartedBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Police arrested two would-be burglars early Tuesday morning who were reportedly in the process of stealing property from John’s Pizza on Ridgecrest Boulevard.

According to Ridgecrest Police Department reports, officers responded to an alarm call at John’s around 3 a.m. on March 31. They located suspects Raphael Schumacher, 38, and Tracy Lopez, 45, in the alley behind John’s along with suspected stolen property.

Both parties were arrested and booked in the Kern County Jail in Bakersfield for second-degree burglary. Schumacher was also arrested and convicted last year for stealing property from the Ridgecrest Cinemas following the July earthquakes.

“I was very pleased both by the rapid response of the local security system provider and the officers,” said John’s Pizza owner Bill Farris. “To my knowledge, nothing was damaged and everything was recovered. The only thing I lost was a couple hours of sleep.”

More detailed charges and court information were not available at press time.

“Kindly refrain from committing any shenanigans and a big thank you to all who are practicing social distancing,” said the RPD release. “We made it through the earthquakes as a community, and we will make it through COVID-19.”

Story First Published: 2020-04-03