According to Detective Sgt. Mike Dean of the Scotts Valley Police Department, at approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, security camera footage outside Jia Tella's restaurant caught the image of a stocky, middle-aged Caucasian male with short dark hair before the restaurant's back entrance was forcibly opened.
The restaurant owners reported that a safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen during the break-in.
Dean said that, according to security footage, the suspect had been acting suspiciously and had attempted to enter several other businesses, as well.
“We have video surveillance — you can see him trying all the doors,” Dean said.
Dean said a similar incident had occurred the previous day at another business on Victor Square, wherein someone gained entry by smashing a window with a river rock.
While Dean said that the department considers the two incidents connected, he added that commercial burglaries have escalated in recent weeks in Scotts Valley — with four being reported in the last two weeks.
Dean noted the department normally sees an increase in burglaries and thefts during the holiday season and advises residents to lock their vehicles and homes, and to never leave a purse or wallet unattended while shopping.
Anyone with information related to the burglaries to contact him directly at 440-5654, or to call the SVPD tip line at 438-8090.