Lexington County, SC (Paul Kirby) – A string of burglaries of San Jose restaurants across the state has also affected several in Lexington County overnight. Law enforcement officers spent much of the early morning hours of Wednesday checking the local chain’s multiple locations in municipalities and the unincorporated areas of Lexington County. The same burglars are also believed to have hit other Hispanic eateries like La Fogata in several places too.
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Some of the first reports of the burglaries were in the Newberry area of the state. It would appear that the burglars were travelling along either a specific highway or I-26 and then exiting to hit the business. Several of these restaurants were burglarized in Lexington County. This included one off Piney Grove Road and several others in cities with easy access from I-26. Richland County is also investigating a break in of the La Fogata of Hwy. 176 at the Peak exit. They may also be looking at other cases.
There is currently no count of the combined number of businesses that were hit. At 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, officers, and deputies were still checking all Hispanic restaurants and finding others that had been burglarized.
Police reported the burglars hit quickly, took small items that were easy to grab, and then fled. These were items like lock boxes, briefcases, and of course various amounts of cash. Law enforcement officers have recovered security video that shows the suspect/s in the buildings at several locations. Those same systems caught glimpses of the vehicle believed to have been used in the burglaries.
As stated earlier, this investigation is in its very early stages. With the number of agencies involved, that would indicate that at some point, there will be an effort made by law enforcement to share valuable resource and information during the investigation.
If you have any information about these burglaries, you are asked to call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME SC. You can also make tips through the CRIME STOPPERS website at www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.