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.

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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