A former worker at a restaurant in Morristown has been accused of burglarizing the business.
According to law enforcement, the 25-year-old suspect broke into the South and Pine Restaurant after it had closed for the night. Morristown police officers were sent to the restaurant, which is located at 90 South Street in Morristown NJ, after receiving a report of a break-in.
When police arrived at the scene, they saw that the front door to the building had been smashed and that there was glass on the floor.
Restaurant employees told police that someone had stolen $100 in cash located in a money clip. The cash was considered “lucky money” because it had been given to the owners prior to the restaurant’s grand opening.
Police investigated the burglary and soon identified the suspect as the likely culprit.
The suspect had reportedly stopped working at the restaurant a short time before he allegedly committed the theft.
When police questioned the suspect at the Morristown Police Department station, he allegedly confessed to the crime.
The suspect was later charged with third degree burglary and theft of movable property.
If the suspect is convicted on the third degree burglary charges, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is typically a crime of the third degree. A conviction for third degree burglary could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Ex-Restaurant Worker Allegedly Burglarized Former Employer.”