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Two Temecula Restaurants Burglarized In The Night

If you spot suspicious activity, report it to police by calling 9-1-1.

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.

Shelly October 09, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Also Quizno's and Golden Spoon were burglarized early Sunday morning - threw a rock through the front doors.
Toni McAllister (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Thank you Shelly. It really is heartbreaking to talk to small business owners about these burglaries. Feels sort of like a kick in the stomach: They come to Temecula with dreams of success. Although there is insurance, deductibles can be high.
Paul Jacobs October 09, 2012 at 01:57 AM
The incumbents keep crowing about Temecula being the second-safest city so they want a business incubator instead of a police station in the old city hall. The old city hall had video surveillance via the traffic cameras. Imagine if we had a police station in Temecula with those kind of resources. Elect me to City Council on Nov. 6 and I will fight for small business and a police station to keep our community safer. www.pauljacobs4temecula.com
Bob October 09, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I am tired of hearing how Temecula is the 2nd safest city in America. People, Temecula was the 2nd safest city in 2006. It has since dropped to 34th in 2011. Murrieta is way safer at 22nd. They don't have stats for French Valley. How well do you think French Valley fares with it's one deputy on duty for a community with over 23,000 people? Wake Up Supervisor Stone. Public safety should be your primary priority! For you fact checkers: http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2011/City_Lo-Hi_2011.pdf
Garrett October 09, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Well said Bob. Saturday night 3 cars in my neighborhood were broke into in French Valley. It's getting just as bad out here. One I neighbors said this was the 3rd time in the past 6 months that is has happened to him. Have to start putting cameras up.
KB October 09, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Now you're pulling out the fear card...? I guess the old fear tactic works pretty well, right Paul?
Adrian October 09, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I lived in the Summerfield development (Winchester x Nicolas) for approximately one year, from 12/10 to 11/11. During that time, I was the victim of three auto burglaries, one trespassing (back yard) and one residential burglary. The latter crime resulted in my $1000+ bicycle being stolen (It was later recovered in Hemet). Certain regions in Temecula have seen an increase in property crime, for sure!
Adrian October 09, 2012 at 11:05 AM
To cover my bases, I must say that my above observation is entirely personal and subjective. I have not seen the stats but, from the perspective of Joe Average Citizen, it certainly seems as though property crimes are becoming more prevalent and frequent.
TVOR October 09, 2012 at 02:19 PM
We need to get the city council to pass tougher anti-vagrant municipal codes. The cops can't do much with vagrants without codes to back them up. Vagrants are responsible for a significant amount of property crime in Temecula.
cindy October 09, 2012 at 02:43 PM
No fear factor being used...facts are facts. Couldn't agreewith you more Bob regarding French valley and the ONE deputy....
Tom October 09, 2012 at 03:06 PM
These type of vehicle and home burglaries are commited by those who are drug addicts. We have a huge problem with meth users here in the valley. It doesn't help that the current City Coucil is addicted to Re Developement money from the State and Feds. This money always comes with strings attached and we have way more low income housing in Temecula then a city our size should have. Maybe we need some fresh blood in the City Council to stir things up. This current crowd has been there too long.
Adrian October 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
In my case(s), the perps turned out to be neighborhood teens and one out of town "gentleman" with a long history of drug hooks.
Bob October 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I have called the Sheriff's department 4 times in the last 4 months as the result of vandalism, graffiti, trespassing, attempted assault and the threat of street gang retaliation for calling the Sheriff. Not once did they respond in less than 45 minuets. On one occasion after waiting over 2 hours past midnight, I called them back and said I was going to bed and don't bother. The dispatcher advised me I was still on the call list and the estimated time of response would be 4-5 hours between 4am & 5am. I originally called at 1030pm for vandalism, called back at 11pm to report the vandals were still on site. This last conversation with the dispatcher was the 3rd call. I know the deputies are out there doing their jobs. The problem is Sheriff Sniff transferring deputies out of county patrol to fill contract city positions. Resulting in irresponsible command decisions of leaving communities like French Valley with a population over 23,000 with one deputy on patrol. Endangering the community, it's citizens and the deputy greatly outnumbered and alone. Supervisor Stone and County Board of Supervisors are asleep at the wheel. Leaving me to believe that Supervisor Stone is the Captain of a sinking ship of fools pandering to which ever way the winds blows. Leaving French Valley Citizens without the minimum acceptable standards of law enforcement protection.
Erin October 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I have a business on the corner of Jefferson and Winchester and we have had a trailer stolen, the batteries stolen out of our truck and a drug addict burst into our business in the middle of the day and start threatening my employees. I certainly don't feel like Temecula is an incredibly safe city.
5150 October 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
The bike cops in old town need to stop writing tickets and start being real cops and catch the scumbags rampaging temecula streets, Cmon Man!! get them punks!
5150 October 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Tom is exactly right , vote them fools out
Mark D October 10, 2012 at 06:15 AM
The owner of the place on the corner "Dukes" has a serious rage for those 2 restaurants. I sat at the bar and heard him say "they'll get theirs" for taking some of their business and sending people to use his bathroom. I think its ironic that both of them were vandalized. Obviously this is speculation, but he made quite an impression on me with his ax to grind and that's the first think that came to mind.
CA Dude October 10, 2012 at 06:01 PM
OK, Mark D, you are way out of line. Oddly enough and in conflict with your comment, many of the patrons of Dukes are law enforcement officers. I know this first hand as three of my family members are work in law enforcement and we frequent Dukes. The issue here is that both of the locations burglarized are positioned against a dark, poorly illuminated corner with direct access to three points of egress for a criminal to utilize. The immediate solution here is to have the shopping center management company extend the contract for the security guards to remain onsite overnight. The are already there during normal business hours to reduce the skateboarding activity and shoplifting activities that were occurring. The Sheriff's Department can't be everywhere all the time. Citizens need to play a role in taking responsibility for their own protection.
Love Temecula October 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Mark, Duke's was also broken into (back patio area) within the last month too. Obviously this is a huge problem that needs to be fixed by adding more security within the immediate area. Although you are entitled to your opinion it is just that, your opinion. Duke's has since upgraded from 8 security camera's to 12 and will catch the next person trying to steal or vandalize and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

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