Lockdown USA: Man breaks into restaurant, knocks back 70 bottles
The manager reported finding an unknown man, later identified as Louis Angel Ortiz, asleep in the closed restaurant.
Louis Angel Ortiz of Connecticut, USA, made the most of restaurants and bars being closed during their lockdown last week.
Ortiz, who was already a wanted man after failing to appear in court on an unrelated charge, broke into the Soul de Cuba Cafe in East Haven and helped himself to the locked down eateries booze.
His four-day bender came to an abrupt end when the manager of the restaurant stopped by for a routine check on the establishment and saw him sleeping inside.
The manager called police, but by the time they arrived 42-year-old Ortiz had fled the scene.
Why is the rum gone?
Officers tracked Ortiz down and apprehended him with a bottle of the restaurant’s rum still in his possession. He was arrested on 14 April 2020.
“Officers responded to a burglary in progress at a downtown Crown Street restaurant,” a post on the New Haven Police Department’s Facebook page.
“The caller reported finding an unknown man, later identified as Louis Angel Ortiz, asleep in the closed restaurant.
“Arriving officers located Ortiz nearby on Crown Street and detained him. The 42 year old New Haven man was found in possession of a bottle of the restaurant’s rum.”
Lockdown lout blows through 70 bottles of booze
Ortiz is believed to have consumed somewhere in the region of 70 bottles of alcohol in the space of four days.
He appeared to believe he had hit the jackpot and a review of security footage showed that he had also removed other property from the restaurant and ate their food. Security footage showed that he entered the building through a side window and plundered the restaurant’s stock over the next few days.
“Investigators reviewed security video footage which confirmed the initial burglary occurred several days prior on Saturday when Ortiz made entry through a side window of the restaurant.
“Officers learned Ortiz helped himself over the course of four days to the restaurant’s food, liquor, and beer. In addition to eating and drinking at the restaurant, Ortiz removed beverages and property from the building.
“The business had been closed during this time and it was a manager’s routine check of the establishment that led to the discovery of the burglary.
“Management estimated the loss of food and beverages at several thousand dollars. The loss includes an estimated 70 bottles of stolen or consumed liquor.”
Ortiz is now facing charges of burglary, larceny and criminal mischief over and above the existing charge of failing to appear.