Cat Burglar breaks into West Asheville restaurant, leaving behind burglary tools

Press release from Asheville Police Department:

Asheville, NC (November 16, 2022): Asheville Police Department needs your help in identifying the cat burglar who broke into a West Asheville restaurant during the early hours of Monday morning.

APD Patrol Officers responded to the 290 block of Smoky Park Highway around 4:37 a.m. on November 14 to investigate a report of breaking and entering. Officers arrived at the restaurant to discover the back door forced open. After searching the restaurant officers were unable to locate a suspect inside.

After further investigation officers were able to determine the burglar tried to crack into a safe and after unsuccessful attempts, left behind burglary tools. Investigators were able to obtain video surveillance, along with other physical evidence, and are asking for the public’s help in identifying anyone that was involved in the break-in.

If you would like to anonymously share information about this case or know the identity of the suspect, you can text TIP2APD to 847411, or use the TIP2APD smartphone app. You can also share information by calling 828-252-1110.

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