Sunday 18 March 2018

Burglar 'cooks' in bizarre break-in

Andrew Hough

A hungry burglar broke into a local American sushi restaurant, cooked a plate of chicken and rice, before fleeing and leaving his dirty dishes and money in the till, police said.

The bizarre incident occurred at the weekend at the Matsu Sushi Grill, in Hillsdale, a New Jersey town northwest of New York City.

Police say the culinary thief, who has not been identified, broke in through an exhaust fan in the back wall of the restaurant.

The burglar then raided the freezer taking some chicken, before cooking it with rice in a frying pan.

After eating his meal, they then left a pile of dishes - likely to contain vital evidence and DNA – and even ignored $200 in the cash register.

Saturday’s incident has left officials in the town, population of 10,000, baffled with no witnesses seeing the break-in while nothing else taken.

Detective Robert Francaviglia said the burglar ignored $200 (£132) that had been left in the cash register.

“He just wanted food, that’s it,” Detective Robert Francaviglia told The Record of Bergen County.

“He went in and pulled out a plate, got some chicken out of the freezer, got a rice box and fried up the chicken and rice in the frying pan.

"After he ate, he left.”

He said the culprit may have been a homeless person searching for food.

Police say the break-in is similar to one at a nearby fried-chicken fast-food restaurant last year.

“It could be related,” Mr Francaviglia said.

No one has been arrested over the incident.

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