Security cameras show Spike's Phillys and More burglary



Posted on December 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 8:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The restaurant Spike’s Phillys and More was burglarized on Christmas Eve according to the owner.

Administrators of the restaurant’s Facebook page posted photos of the suspects from their security cameras.

Employees at Spike’s Phillys and More are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects in the photos. They said there will be a reward for the person who helps identify them. Officers believe they have identified a suspect and are waiting to file charges.

The restaurant is located at 718 E. Francis.

The two crooks broke into the restaurant through an air vent. They stole frozen meat and some beer among other things.

Owner Tom Guthrie was visiting family in Montana for the Christmas holiday when he got a call from his security company. It turned out the suspects had tripped an alarm in the restaurant.

“There were things missing. Food out of the coolers,” said Guthrie.

Guthrie said the two suspects stole a $2,000 pager charger, hundreds of dollars in prime rib and even a few bottles of bud light.

"We found chicken wings out in the alley so we just threw them all away,” said Guthrie.

Guthrie said he had to throw out around $1,000 worth of food all together.

He spoke with two Spokane police officers when he got back into town on December 26. Guthrie said the officers assigned him a case number and said a detective would come by to pick up the surveillance footage.  Police had not come by still on Monday afternoon.

"And I still have my thumb drive. And all the pictures, and they're great pictures. Somebody knows who they are,” said Guthrie.

Police said they did not collect the footage because they already had identified a suspect. The spokeswoman said detectives chose not to contact Guthrie in order to protect the integrity of the case.