Man breaks into Truckee restaurant, causes severe damage | SierraSun.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Man breaks into Truckee restaurant, causes severe damage

Staff reports

Truckee police arrested a Redwood City man after he allegedly broke into Cafe Spira around 3 a.m. Monday morning.

Alexander Kovacs, 30, used one of the restaurant’s outside tables to smash through the double-pane windows and entered the one-month-old restaurant, police reports said.

After Kovacs gained entry, police said he a broke several wine and Champagne bottles, picked up the cash register and threw it on the ground, and used more bottles to smash the front glass doors.

“He left with nothing but he destroyed the inside of the restaurant,” said Tina Miguel, the owner of Cafe Spira. Miguel and two helpers spent 10 hours cleaning the inside of the restaurant Monday and re-opened Tuesday at 7 a.m.

“We weren’t going to let him stop us,” she said.

Police caught wind of the break-in when Kovacs allegedly set off the restaurant’s alarm. The first officer on the scene heard someone run away and, upon initial investigation of the scene, found blood in the restaurant.

Moments later, an officer found Kovacs in the roundabout bleeding from several lacerations, according to the report. Later on, investigators reported they found a blood trail, shoeprints and broken wine bottles leading from the restaurant, located at 10770 Donner Pass Road in the Gateway East center, to the roundabout.

Kovacs also tried to kick in the glass doors of several other establishments in the Gateway East building, as well as breaking into a storage area at El Toro Bravo on Commercial Row, investigators said.

Kovacs was arrested on suspicion of burglary, felony vandalism and attempted burglary. He is being held in Nevada County Jail.


Support Local Journalism

 

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User