Suspect Breaks Through Wall to Burglarize Bryan Restaurant

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

Bryan Police are looking for a suspect who burglarized the Shipwreck Grill on Villa Maria early Friday morning.

The burglar was able to break into the restaurant despite motion-activated surveillance cameras and an overnight alarm system.

“Me, I guess naive, never assumed that someone would come through the wall,” said Wade Beckman, Shipwreck Grill Owner.

Surveillance video shows the suspect cutting through a wall, then smashing through a window to get into the restaurant office.

“Every time he left he went out that window and came back in, because he assumed that door would trigger the alarm if he opened it,” said Beckman.

In this case, the burglar was right. Beckman says the alarm never went off, because the burglar never opened a door. That's why he was able to spend 45 minutes inside the restaurant.

Beckman says he's already increased security since Friday.

“It's pretty calculated to say the least. You can see his safety goggles right there. Here this crook is, but he's making sure that he's safe,” said Beckman. “He took a grinder and cut into the safe. He cut into both the top and the bottom...and took the contents of both safes.”

The suspect took more than $1,500 in cash, a lap top, and gift certificates intended for Constable Brian Bachmann's family.

“It’s comforting in the fact that you can see how it was done but it was, but every time you watch it kind of turns your stomach. It’s really the violation that's as big of an issue as anything,” said Beckman.

“Criminals can be very persistent when they want something sometimes,” said Officer Agnew, Public Information Officer for the Bryan Police Department. “But eventually they're going to make a mistake and eventually we're going to find out who they are.”

Managers at the Shipwreck Grill were able to cancel all the stolen gift certificates, so the Bachmann family will still receive all the donations.

Anyone who has any information about this burglary is asked to contact Bryan police.

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