WILMETTE, Ill. (STMW) — For the third time in several months, someone broke into a norths suburban Wilmette pizza restaurant, smashing a west side window on April 28 in order to enter the building, rip a cash register from its moorings, and take it and several other items outside.
Police said officers responded to an alarm at J.P. McCarthy’s Pizza, 509 4th Street, shortly before 2:30 a.m. April 28.
They found all the restaurant’s doors locked. The restaurant owner said he had installed a second motion detector in the dining area, but that alarm wasn’t tripped; police told him it was action that activated his original front motion detector that attracted their attention.
The restaurant’s cash register, which police found outside, had about $5 in change, the owner said, since he now removes all bills from the register before leaving the restaurant. Investigators also found two bottles of alcohol outside, both of which were taken from the restaurant.
Police reported that they advised the owner to board up the affected window, or place bars on it, since it seems to have been the location used to enter the restaurant more than once; once in February and once in March, 2013, and once in December of last year.
Damage to restaurant property was estimated at $200. The investigation continues.
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