Two Suspects Steal a Safe and $10,000 From Hansel ‘n Griddle Restaurant

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) is investigating a burglary that occurred at a popular Sixth Ward restaurant, “Hansel 'n Griddle.”

The burglary occurred during the early hours of Wednesday May 27, at the store's location at 130 Easton Avenue.  It's one of the four locations in Central New Jersey.

Video surveillance footage provided to the NBPD shows two male suspects exiting a white Nissan Altima in the area of the restaurant approximately ten minutes before the attempted break in.

The NBPD said that one of the two male suspects used a pry bar to gain entry into the side door of the restaurant. Once inside the restaurant the suspects pried open the cash register drawer and removed a safe from the office.

One of the suspects then carried out the safe from the restaurant.

Both suspects where then picked up by the same white vehicle, possibly a newer model Nissan Altima, according to police.

The vehicle then drove off in the area of Easton Avenue and Mine Street.

According to the NBPD, over $10,000 was taken from the cash register and safe. The police also determined that both suspects wore masks and gloves as they entered the restaurant.

The first suspect is described as a black man of average height with a thin build. He was wearing white sneakers with black trim, black baggy cargo pants, a white belt, blue sweatshirt, white work gloves, and a black hat or ski mask.

The second suspect is described as a black man, shorter and stockier than the first suspect, wearing black sneakers with white trim, a gray sweatshirt with black sleeves and hood and an insignia on the chest, and a light colored mask.

Anyone with information on the burglary or the identity of the suspects is asked to call Detective Brandon Epstein at 732-745-5217.