Thief broke into restaurant using air ducts, stole five beers

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Courtesy: Salvador Aguirre

Someone broke into La Tapatias Mexican Restaurant on Melrose Avenue in an unconventional way. While they didn’t take much early Thursday morning, they left a mess behind.

Salvador Aguirre says the thief traveled through the air ducts to get to the inside of the restaurant. There were tiles and other debris on the floor when Aguirre arrived later that day.

Aguirre says it’s about a 15 foot drop from the ceiling to the floor.

The only items taken from the restaurant were a couple of beers from the fridge.

However, damages added up to about $300.

The restaurant was back up and running as usual on Friday.

Roanoke Police are investigating the incident.

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