When employees arrived for work at Nelly’s Taco House in Hicksville, New York Tuesday morning, the kitchen was spotless, as if nothing had ever happened.
Damage to the cash drawer, however, alerted them that someone had broken in overnight, through a tiny window. Surveillance video revealed the thief was hungry for more than just cash, and he had impeccable skills in the kitchen.
“He went into the kitchen, and the first thing he does is start making a meal,” one employee said.
Video footage showed the thief helping himself to chicken, shrimp, rice and beans, as he fired up the stove and made a meal for himself, which he then ate right there in the kitchen.
It was evident the burglar had experience in a restaurant, showing off great skills with the skillet, and even changing rubber gloves between tasks, demonstrating he understood food safety rules.
After he finished eating, he washed up the pot he used, put everything away, wiped the counter and the floor… and left a $1 tip in the tip jar.
“The guy’s a rock star in the kitchen. It’s stranger than fiction,” a man working at the restaurant said. “Anybody who typically breaks in and enters, they’re in a rush to get in and out fast and not get caught. This person was happy to be here.”
“If he wasn’t breaking in, we’d hire him!” the man said.
The thief got away with $100, plus the restaurant had to be closed for one day to sanitize the place before reopening.
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