On Thursday, March 29 at 4:00 a.m., Burbank Police found a man suspiciously pushing a shopping cart full of beer and wine bottles in the area of Ontario and Pacific Avenue.
The man was found to have receipts from Isabella’s Italian Kitchen at 1220 W. Burbank Blvd. Police soon discovered that the restaurant had been burglarized, with the front door forced open. The alcohol from the shopping cart had come from the restaurant’s refrigerator.
Police arrested the suspect who has been identified as Saul Salazar, 31 of Bakersfield.
(Photo supplied by the Burbank Police Department)
Salazar was booked for burglary and three outstanding warrants.
The case is currently under review for charges. A charge for being in possession of stolen property is likely.
Salazar’s bail is $50,000 and he is due to appear in court tomorrow.
The Burbank Police Department Vice/ Narcotics Unit conducted two undercover decoy operations in the last week. The operations targeted establishments, within the city of Burbank, who sell tobacco products and alcoholic beverages to minors.
It is illegal, under the California law, to sell tobacco products to minors and sell alcohol to individuals under the age of 21.
The Vice/Narcotics Unit, utilizing underage decoys, attempted to purchase tobacco products and/or alcoholic beverages from 34 businesses during the two-day operation. Three citations were issued during the operation, one for selling a tobacco product to a minor and two citations for selling alcohol to an underage decoy were issued.
The cases will be investigated and submitted to the city attorney’s office for filing consideration against both the clerks and the retail outlets. In addition, the businesses who sold alcohol will face administrative action from California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).