Two Mexican restaurants in Turlock were broken into early Wednesday and law enforcement is looking at the possibility the same suspects were responsible for both break-ins.
The first burglary occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday at Memo’s Cocina and Tequila Bar at 139 W. Main St. The burglary was interrupted by an individual from a neighboring business and the suspects fled without taking anything, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.
The individual reported hearing a metal scraping sound and went to investigate. The person shone a flashlight into the restaurant, scaring off the suspect inside.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic man about 20 to 25 years old. He was about 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighed around 240 pounds. He was wearing a white zip up sweater with a red horizontal stripe, a white hat and light blue jeans.
The suspect left in a 1990s model Honda Accord with tinted windows. It’s suspected another individual was driving the car.
The investigating officers did find a side door that had been pried open at the business. Nothing was reported missing from the restaurant.
The second burglary happened around 5 a.m. Wednesday at the El Rosal restaurant at 3401 W. Monte Vista Ave. The suspect or suspects used a crowbar to gain access to the restaurant and then kicked in an office door, Lewis said.
A laptop and three lock boxes with an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business.
Anyone with information about either burglary or the suspects is asked to contact the Turlock Police Department at 668-5550.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.