Burglar tools were strewn at the scene when police nabbed a suspect at a Minneapolis restaurant.
Responding to an early morning burglar alarm at a south Minneapolis restaurant Monday, police found a man pushing a large object away from the building.
It turned out to be the office safe.
They also found the back door of Chris and Rob's Chicago's Taste Authority at 3101 E. 42nd St. pried open and several burglar tools, including a sledgehammer, strewn about the scene of the crime.
Officers quickly arrested the 34-year-old St. Paul man, who has a history of criminal convictions including burglary, and took him to the Hennepin County jail were he was being held Monday night pending charges.
The restaurant's back door burglar alarm was tripped a little before 1 a.m. Monday, alerting a security company that called police, said Minneapolis police Sgt. Chris Hudok. A security camera video showed the suspect kicking in the back door, he said.
By the time officers arrived, Hudok said, the man had succeeded in pushing the large safe out of the building and toward a vehicle parked nearby in an alley.
He never made it to the vehicle, where officers later found a pry bar.