Thurston County Watch

A masked suspect broke into Yelm’s Puerto Vallarta restaurant and stole nearly $2,000 in cash, according to the Yelm Police Department.

The owner and employees of the business first learned of the burglary on Aug. 2 at about 3 p.m. when they attempted to access money located in different areas of the building.

Money was missing from four areas, including $300 from the bar till, $500 from an office space, $1,010.58 from a deposit bag and $50 in petty cash held near the front entrance.

“Upon reviewing the surveillance footage they discovered an unknown male wearing a blue hoodie and some sort of lower face mask such as a winter face protector enter the building,” according to an officer’s narrative.

The burglary occurred at about 5 a.m., and the suspect appeared to use a credit card from his wallet to enter the back door.

“It took some time to gain entry, but once in he accessed all of the described areas and stole said money,” the officer wrote.

The man was wearing gloves once inside. Officers were planning to view additional surveillance footage in an attempt to locate possible fingerprints, though the back door had been accessed by several people.

The suspect is described as a slender white male of average height. He was only observed on foot approaching from the west before exiting in the same direction.

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