The Pizza Eating fundraiser is scheduled for October 22
Laurens Police are looking for a suspect who broke into a popular restaurant in downtown Laurens sometime after the annual Squealing on the Square festival ended on Sunday morning.
Police say the break-in at Roma restaurant in historic Laurens Square between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Investigators are currently reviewing security camera footage from the restaurant and other businesses around the square. They said the restaurant’s alarm system did not initially activate when the intruder entered.
The suspect is described as a slender man who may have been wearing glasses. He entered the restaurant by breaking the glass front door and “went straight to the piggy bank”.
LPD public information officer Scott Franklin said the suspect left the scene with a crate and an unspecified amount of cash several hours after Squealing on the Square ended around 10 p.m. Saturday.
Franklin said anyone in downtown with any type of security footage or who may have witnessed anything relevant to the case, can contact the LPD at 864-984-3531 or can make a anonymous report via CrimeStoppers (864-68-CRIME).
Roma owners Yvan and Jennifer Youssef announced in a Facebook post with a photo of the restaurant’s broken front door that the restaurant would be closed on Sunday. It reopened on Monday with at least one of its business neighbors planning to help.
The Palmetto Brothers dispensary has announced plans to hold a pizza tasting contest for Roma on October 22, with all proceeds going to Roma. For a $25 entry fee, attendees will receive a large Roma pizza and a pint of beer and the chance to challenge Palmetto Brothers owner Wes Meetze in the contest.
Whoever finishes their large pizza before Meetze will receive a $25 gift card to Palmetto Brothers and the first to finish will also receive a $50 gift card to Roma. The contest is limited to the first 25 people who register.