- Published on Tuesday, 13 April 2010 17:00
- Written by Elliott Burr - Town Crier Staff Writer
Unidentified suspects broke into the Italian Delicatessen at 139 Main St. Easter morning, stealing a meat-slicing machine and $100 in cash.
Los Altos Police Capt. Andy Galea said there were no witnesses or leads as of the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline, but officers are investigating neighboring businesses’ security cameras for signs of suspicious activity.
Deli owner Tamar Sloan said the incident likely happened between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. April 4. She said her bread supplier arrived at the deli at 5:30 a.m. and didn’t notice any damage, but when she arrived three hours later, a window had been broken and the $1,200 meat slicer was missing from the counter.
“We hardly ever use the (meat slicer),” Sloan said. “It just sucks that they broke into my store. … If it were kids, they probably would’ve taken beer.”
Sloan said she and other employees spotted a rock allegedly used in the burglary near the deli’s back door two days prior to the incident, but they didn’t think anything of it at the time.
Galea said any leads would likely stem from stolen property showing up elsewhere.
“The meat-slicing machine is a distinctive object,” he said. “Chances are, (the suspects) are going to try and sell it. … A lot of times we find that victims are very resourceful in tracking down their own (stolen) property.”
Sloan said she and her employees have kept a watchful eye on Craigslist and eBay to see if the meat slicer shows up for sale.
Galea urged anyone with information to call the police department at 947-2770.