Burglar cooks meal, passes on the cash

March 23, 2010 at 3:59 PM

HILLSDALE, N.J., March 23 (UPI) -- Police in New Jersey said a burglar who broke into a restaurant to cook and eat dinner was apparently not hungry for cash.

Hillsdale police said someone entered the Matsu Sushi Grill by breaking an exhaust fan in the back of the eatery early Saturday morning and made a meal, The Record of Bergen County (N.J.) reported Tuesday.

"He just wanted food, that's it," Detective Robert Francaviglia said. "He went in and pulled out a plate, got some chicken out of the freezer, got a rice box and fried up the chicken and rice in the frying pan. After he ate, he left."

Francaviglia said the burglar didn't touch $200 left in the cash register overnight.

He said police are looking into a possible connection with a similar incident late last year at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

"It could be related," Francaviglia said. "It could be a homeless person looking for food."

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