Another Basalt restaurant burglarized
August 18, 2005
A burglary at a Basalt restaurant last weekend may be tied to a string of similar incidents at five other Basalt eateries in January and February, according to police.
The Riverside Grill is the latest restaurant to be victimized. It was broken into sometime after closing Saturday at midnight. An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from a locked container in the office, said Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda. It was discovered at 11 a.m. Sunday by employees preparing to open.
Ikeda said the amount taken couldn’t be disclosed because of the ongoing investigation. He said no deposit had been made from the receipts of Saturday night.
“We’re asking all restaurants to make night deposits and keep a minimum of cash,” he said. If all business get in that practice, there is less incentive for burglars.
On the night of Jan. 1 or early morning of Jan. 2, two establishments in West Basalt and one in downtown Basalt were burglarized and stripped of cash. Epicurious and Bagel Bites were hit at Orchard Plaza, as was the Basalt Bistro on Midland Avenue.
The next month, the Tacqueria el Nopal and El Chicano, both near downtown Basalt, were burglarized.
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In this latest investigation, police don’t necessarily think the burglary is the result of an inside job or someone familiar with the Riverside Grill’s operation. Nevertheless, they are interviewing all employees of the establishment to see if they can develop a lead.
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