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Police Looking For Smash And Grab Culprit

An East Texas burglar is caught on tape. Kilgore Police say over the past two weeks, several Kilgore and Longview restaurants have been burglarized by the same culprit.

And as KLTV 7's Lakecia Shockley shows you, police and restaurant owners are hoping surveillance video will put an end to a restaurant burglary spree.

Kilgore Police call him the smash and grab culprit.

"He's just breaking the front glass in restaurants going in and grabbing what he can and leaving," said Lt. Roman Roberson with Kilgore PD. "About every three days we're getting hit."

Here at the New China Buffet in Kilgore, the burglar breaks through the front door and seeks what he can find.

"Usually the restaurants have a little bit of money in the cash registers to open up then next day and he just occassionally gets a few hundred dollars," said Lt. Roberson.

But that wasn't the only buffet the culprit hit.

In Kilgore, three more restaurants became victims.

Here at Buffet City, the owner took these photos after the burglar smashed the window with a brick and cash from the register.

But that wasn't the only window he smashed.

At McKay's Steakhouse Restaurant, the culprit took this ashtry and busted out the window, and took more cash from the register.

It's put owner Dan McKay out of $500.

"First what I thought was that it was just a couple of crack heads just trying to get some dope money," said McKay.

"It just doesn't make any sense to me that you would risk going to jail over $200 and just being destructive it would be a lot easier just to get a job."

And the same story at Longview's new Hupei Chinese Restaurant and Dudley's Cajun Café.

"There was no beer taken, there was no wine taken there was no money taken we couldn't find anything that was taken although it created a huge mess," said Dudley Lang.

Now, police are just hoping someone will recognize the burglar and bring this rash of break-ins to an end.

Police say the man in video is described as a white male, small build, between his late teens and early twenties.

If you have any information on any of the burglaries call Kilgore Police, Longview Police, or Crime Stoppers.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting lshockley@kltv.com

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