BETHEL PARK (KDKA) — An overnight break-in at a pizzeria in Bethel Park is under investigation.
The owner of the business says a large sum of money was taken, but the suspect was caught on surveillance tape during the incident.
Workers at Fellini’s Pizzeria got a surprise when they opened for business this morning. Officials say someone broke in through the back door and stole $2,000.
“He waited for my manager to leave; he busted the door down, went up to the register, took our safe, took the keys. He was in an out,” said Dan Labutis, the owner of the pizza shop.
Labutis says the burglar knew the keys to the safe were inside the cash register and where to find the safe, which was hidden.
“He knew what he was doing up there, you know what I mean. He was in and out of here in what, a minute,” he said. “It may be a former employee, but I generally have an idea who it is.”
Authorities say the suspect did not cover his face or hide his identity.
“His face is on the camera, but I don’t know why he robbed me, you know what I mean,” Labutis said.
Labutis says he believes the burglar may be a former employee who was fired recently and was in need of money. No other property inside the business was damaged.
He says it’s the only incident they’ve had there in three years.
The owner says he plans to make immediate changes in security as a result of the break-in. He’s also hoping Bethel Park police make an immediate arrest once they view the video surveillance tape.