A former employee at a Morristown NJ restaurant has been accused of committing a burglary at the business.
According to authorities, the 25-year-old suspect smashed his way into the South and Pine Restaurant after it was closed for the night. The eatery is located on South Street in Morristown, New Jersey.
The Morristown Police Department received a report of the break-in and quickly dispatched officers to the scene.
When police got to the restaurant, they saw that the front door had been smashed, leaving glass all over the ground.
Police officers spoke with restaurant employees, who told them that someone had stolen $100 in cash. The cash was referred to by employees as “lucky money” because it was given to the owners before the restaurant’s grand opening.
Police investigated the theft and soon identified the suspect as the person most likely responsible for the break-in.
The suspect reportedly stopped working at the business approximately one month before the burglary occurred.
The suspect was questioned by police at the Morristown Police Department headquarters, where he allegedly confessed to committing the burglary.
The suspect has been charged with third degree burglary and theft of movable property.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of third degree burglary, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, third degree burglary carries a possible sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Ex-Restaurant Worker Allegedly Burglarized Former Employer.”