Theft suspect says he did it for mom
Liquor taken from restaurant
By John Scheibe (Contact)
Monday, May 14, 2007
He told police that he was only robbing the place so he could get some money to buy a gift for his mom on Mother's Day.
But instead of buying a Mother's Day present, an Oxnard man spent Sunday behind bars.
Police arrested Gabriel Jess Martinez, 22, in connection with an early morning burglary of the Cabo Seafood Grill and Cantina in the 1000 block of South Oxnard Boulevard.
Employees who arrived at the restaurant early to prepare for a large Mother's Day crowd reported a burglary in progress at 5:17 a.m., Oxnard Police Sgt. Andrew Salinas said.
Salinas said the workers were in the kitchen when they heard the sound of windows being broken.
Police arrived minutes later and found a man dragging a large ice chest through a broken window, Salinas said.
Salinas said the man ran after officers ordered him to stop.
When officers caught him, they found two screwdrivers and a crowbar, Salinas said.
Salinas said the ice chest was full of liquor bottles from the cantina's bar. Martinez told officers that he needed money for a Mother's Day gift, Salinas added.
Martinez was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest, Salinas said.
He was taken to the Main Jail in Ventura where he was being held Sunday night in lieu of $10,000 bail.