Crime

Man arrested in burglary at Big Bubba’s BBQ in Paso Robles

Jose Cruz Fernandez, 47, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, on suspicion of commercial burglary.
Jose Cruz Fernandez, 47, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, on suspicion of commercial burglary. Courtesy photo

Paso Robles police say a man under supervision by the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department broke into Big Bubba’s BBQ and stole about $3,000 in cash.

Officers were dispatched to the restaurant on the 1100 block of 24th Street about 10:14 a.m. Thursday after a manager reported for work and noticed a window and an interior door to the office had been pried open, according to a news release.

Security cameras inside the business reportedly captured an older Hispanic man entering the office, but officers were unable to identify him.

Later Thursday, 47-year-old Jose Cruz Fernandez was contacted by officers on an unrelated matter and ultimately arrested for an outstanding warrant, police say. Officers searched Fernandez during the arrest and allegedly found bundles of paper-clipped cash and other items associated with the burglary at Big Bubba’s BBQ. Fernandez ultimately admitted to the theft, according to Paso Robles police.

Paso Robles police Sgt. Tod Rehner said Fernandez has no known city of residence.

He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of one felony count of second-degree burglary and violation of his post-release community supervision. He remained in custody in lieu of $120,000 bail Friday afternoon.

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