Police always ask residents to report suspicious activity in the community, and two recent burglaries at Temecula eateries serve as reminders.
On the morning of Oct. 5, a cook who works for Alberto’s Mexican Food on Temecula Parkway reported for duty at around 8 a.m. and was greeted with a shattered front glass door that had been smashed during the night using a boulder, according to the business owner.
Inside the small restaurant there was little vandalism except that an expensive cash register had been ripped out of place and stolen, according to the business owner.
All told, the owner says she lost approximately $1,500 – most of it in damages -- due to the burglary.
Approximately three weeks ago, the owner of the establishment next door – Great Panda Oriental Cuisine – was also burglarized during the night. In that case, the owner says the burglar(s) gained entry to his restaurant using a crowbar to break through a non-glass locked door; once inside the eatery, the alleged thief took only petty cash and nothing more.
Both business owners, who asked that their names not be used, reported the crimes to police. At press time, there have been no arrests.
If you spot suspicious activity, report it to police by calling 9-1-1.
Anyone with information regarding the recent restaurant burglaries is asked to contact the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.