Bungled burglary at North Side Chick-fil-A may be linked to other crimes, police say

Several restaurants hit recently, safes targeted

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A bungled burglary at a North Side Chick-fil-A restaurant could be tied to a recent series of break-ins in that area, according to San Antonio police.

The latest one happened after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Chick-fil-A across from North Star Mall, off Loop 410 near McCullough Avenue.

Sgt. Jim Caviness said a manager called 911 after getting an alert from the alarm system and seeing surveillance video showing two men trying to burglarize the business.

Police said they also tried to open the safe.

Officers said they arrived within one minute and spotted the men running.

“It doesn't appear that they actually gained entry into the safe. They just caused a lot of damage,” Caviness said.

He said officers later went into the restaurant and realized the men actually had made it inside earlier but then left.

They were caught after they came back to collect something they had left behind, Caviness said.

“We realized that, once we got in, they left their cellphone in there,” he said. “So they were trying to get back in there to get their cellphone.”

Instead, Randy Rocha and Benjamin Niedorf ended up in handcuffs.

Rocha, 38, and Niedorf, 40, were charged with burglary of a building and evading arrest, police said.

At least one of them was wearing a bandana on his face at that time, police said.

Officers also found crowbars that both men used to break into the business, then threw away, police said.

Caviness said they believe these break-ins could be related to a series of restaurant burglaries in the area recently.

“You know, these people don't just decide one night that they're going to go and break into restaurants and break into the safe,” Caviness said. “This is, kind of, what they do for a living.”

Both men were booked into the Bexar County jail on charges that include burglary.

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