Following a burglary on Monday evening, the Petite Pantry Restaurant is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglar or burglars.
The eatery, located on North Sierra Highway north of Bishop, was broken into, according to the owner Jay Jimenez. He said that sometime between closing on Sunday night and opening Monday morning a person, or persons pried open the back door of the establishment.
Jimenez said many bottles of liquor, cases of beer and the sales from Sunday in the register were taken. He said there was at least $580 in cash and more than $500 in booze was taken.
He called the perpetrators petty criminals, “who took petty stuff.”
This is the first time this year the restaurant has been burglarized, but it was the subject of three similar incidents last year.
Jimenez said burglary arrests were made last year, but it has not been determined if there is any connection.
Jimenez said that on Tuesday he installed a new $5,200 security system including video surveillance. He said he hopes this will be a deterrent for future criminals.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Jimenez at (760) 873-3789 or the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department at (760) 873-7887.