It has long been said criminals often return to the scene of their crimes. Such could be the case with Jalisco Restaurant, located at 865 W. Washington Street, which was burglarized three times in just over a week.
Erath County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward to anyone who can help put the burglars behind bars.
In addition to taking money from the business, funds collected in a donation jar for a cancer patient Elvia Rodriguez - a waitress's sister - was also stolen, according to Lt. Doug McClammy with the Stephenville Police Department.
The string of burglaries began when the owner of the restaurant, Marco Perez, contacted the police department Aug. 10 regarding missing money, McClammy said.
Five days later, the restauranteur called police again when he noticed an open window just prior to 7 a.m. Someone had forced entry through a small kitchen window, McClammy said. Money was taken from two cash registers.
Perez called police for the third time just after 6 a.m. Wednesday when he discovered entry was forced into the building again through a busted out drive-thru window. Money was taken from the office and donation jar, McClammy said.
In an effort to find the individual - or multiple perpetrators - responsible for the burglaries, law enforcement officials are calling on the public's help.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
If you have any information on these crimes or any other crimes, contact Erath County Crime Stoppers at 254-965-CASH. Callers will not be asked to give their names and will remain anonymous. You may also submit your tips securely and anonymously online at http://www.stephenvillepolice.org/crime.html.