Police believe a burglar in Buford gained entry into a restaurant office through a ceiling tile.
Gwinnett County officers responded to a burglary report on Nov. 11 at the On the Border restaurant in the 3200 block of Buford Drive. The store manager told police he found items from an office, along with ceiling tiles, out of place and items from a desk knocked to the floor.
Officers noted that it appeared as if the burglar entered the office through the ceiling and placed a chair by a filing cabinet to climb back out of the office. A large footprint was found in the seat of the chair.
Officers reported that access from the ceiling would have required only a short crawl to the nearest exit door. A pair of pliers in a ceiling access panel and damage to the business alarm system were noted. Officers also reported being able to smell burning metal and located two holes cut into the side of a metal safe.
The manager stated that each On the Border restuarant has a different floor plan and he believes the culprits were familiar with the establishment. Cash, in the amount of $3,000, was missing from the scene.