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Owner: Burglar uses hot sauce to cover tracks in restaurant break-in

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:19:52 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 22 2013 05:36:19 PM CST
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

Police said they are searching for a suspect in another break-in at a Greenville restaurant.

According to investigators, the burglar broke into RJ's Famous Chicken and Barbeque at 2518 S Memorial Dr. beginning at about 10:48 p.m. on Nov. 15. The suspect left about two hours later, police said.

Employees came to work at 5:45 a.m. on Nov. 16  and saw a broken door, owner Roashel Rolla said. They also discovered that $1,300 were stolen from the safe.

In addition, the burglar broke into a gum ball machine, according to Rolla.

The suspect, seen in the surveillance image above, was not wearing a mask or gloves. The burglar did try to hide his fingerprints, however, by throwing hot sauce or BBQ sauce on the safe's door after taking the money, investigators said.

Despite the restaurant having nine surveillance cameras and an alarm system, the burglar knew how to disarm it, Rolla said.

No arrest has been made. Anyone with information is asked to call Greenville Police at 252-329-4315.

The owner of RJ's Famous Chicken and Barbeque said she is unsure if the break-in is connected to the three break-ins at Peaden's Grill & Cafeteria about 5 miles away.