Lobbying firms, nonprofits and a union were among the tenants affected by a burglary at the Forum Building on Thursday.
The 10-story building, located a block from the Capitol at the intersection of 9th and K Streets, houses a swath of government relations firms and other organizations that do business with the state. On the morning of Dec. 23, tenants were informed that the building had been broken into the night before.
Rubicon Property Management, which manages the Forum Building, declined to comment on the robbery. In an email to tenants obtained by The Sacramento Bee, management said more than a dozen offices had been compromised by forced entry.
The affected tenants included the California Federation of Teachers, California Strategic Advisors, Reeb, EdVoice, California Association for Adult Day Services, the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, the California Association of Councils of Governments, the California Solar and Storage Association, Hispanic League of Colleges and Universities, Corbin & Kaiser, the Planning and Conservation League and Houston Magnani and Associates.
Sacramento Police told The Bee that officers responded about 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, where they saw signs of forced entry and discovered multiple businesses within the building had been burglarized. The investigation is ongoing, police said.
Rubicon on Monday told tenants in an email that law enforcement was able to collect finger prints from the offices. Management will also install additional cameras in elevator lobbies and install security guards 24/7, the email said.
Samantha Corbin, CEO of the firm Corbin & Kaiser, said thieves entered office suits by breaking door handles, locks and door frames. She speculated they might have had a key card.
Corbin said the burglars took brand new computer equipment, banking and routing information, and employee payroll information like Social Security numbers from the filing cabinets in her office suite.
Corbin said she and other tenants have become increasingly wary of working downtown, and say the empty storefronts and rundown streets contribute to crime and theft.
“It’s been so bad on K Street in general,” Corbin said. “I don’t think this is a building owner issue. This is a Sacramento city government issue.”
Ron Kingston, a lobbyist and president of California Strategic Advisors, said things were “strewn everywhere” in his office. His door was busted open and documents from like invoices and billing statements with bank account and routing information, were taken. Kingston said he’s concerned the area isn’t safe.
“What I think is the universal opinion of everybody in this office building and in those that are within multiple blocks of this, is the city is not keeping a vigilant eye on what’s happening,” he said. “If you walk down K Street mall, you do that at your own risk.”
Kingston said he has spent the last week freezing his credit, changing account numbers and trying to protect himself against fraud. He said he would advise all downtown businesses to assess their security protocols and take protective action.
Kingston wants to see Sacramento leaders take action to clean up downtown.
“I would like them to walk K Street and J Street, from 3rd Street to the convention center, and look all the tenants in the eye and say ‘we’re going to do something about this. We are going to devote resources to cleaning up the area and providing security and making it safe again, making it a jewel of Sacramento.'”
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