Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Buffet burglars

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Buffet burglars

Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers

GRAPELAND. TEXAS (News Release) - Over the night of December 18, someone burglarized Grapeland Cafe, a restaurant on Highway 287 North in Grapeland.

It's difficult for any business to succeed and restaurants have an even harder time but the difficulties are compounded for a restaurant in a small community, so the Cafe doesn't need the added headache of thieves.

The burglars found a little cash inside the building and they took meat from the cooler. Stealing the meat likely will be what gets them caught. Even if no one witnessed the crime and if the criminals don't bragged about it, someone will have noticed a friend or family member with meat that they couldn't, or wouldn't, have purchased and that looks like it came from a restaurant. An anonymous tipster who helps identify the burglars might receive a belated gift from Crime Stoppers.

Like most crimes, the effects of a business being burglarized can be felt by more than just the owners. The property damage and lost supplies cost money, which can mean less profit for operating the business, less money for paying employees, and higher prices for customers. If the reviews are any indication, the community enjoys the restaurant and wants to see it thrive, and solving this crime is a step toward that goal.

If you can identify the burglars, call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or visit to submit a tip or download Crime Stoppers' P3 Tips app. Calls and tips directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward. Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement. Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.