El Sombrero burglarized

Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2010

One of Juneau's popular downtown restaurants was burglarized early Friday morning.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

The upstairs window of El Sombrero restaurant was broken out and a fire safe weighing between 200-400 pounds was removed through the upstairs side door. The burglary occurred sometime between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

A substantial amount of cash was in the safe, according to co-owner Fritz Moser.

"It is really a shame," he said. "It is very unfortunate that crime is eventually going to be a part of your day. It is a surprise this happens in Juneau. The good thing is, and we are thankful for this, is that no one got hurt."

Evidence found at the scene by Juneau Police Officer Tracy Murphy and Moser was being examined Friday afternoon. What exactly has been discovered cannot be released to the public because it could jeopardize the investigation, according to police.

Moser's sister and co-owner, Elizabeth, was walking the downtown area Friday in search of additional clues.

"She is very upset," Moser said. "You don't want to make Liz angry."

According to police, three establishments in the Lemon Creek area were also targeted during that same time period as the El Sombrero break in. Fritz' Hair Salon, Heritage Coffee and Capital Embroidery suffered attempted break ins and damage.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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