Man ‘breaks into a Connecticut restaurant and spends four days feasting

Man ‘breaks into a Connecticut restaurant closed during the coronavirus pandemic and spends four days consuming food and liquor worth thousands of dollars’

  • Louis Ortiz, 42, charged with burglary, larceny and criminal mischief stemming from Saturday break-in at Soul De Cuba in New Haven 
  • Police say Ortiz was found sleeping inside the shuttered restaurant on Tuesday
  • When officers tracked him down, they found Ortiz to be in possession of rum from the Cuban eatery 
  • Management says  Ortiz ate and drank thousands of dollars worth of food and liquor, and consumed or stole 70 bottles of alcoholic beverages  
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One-man feast: Louis Ortiz, 42, has been charged with burglary, larceny and criminal mischief after allegedly breaking into a Connecticut restaurant and spending four days eating and drinking 

A Connecticut man has been accused of staging his very own feast in time of plague by breaking into a restaurant that was closed due to the coronavirus lockdown and spending four days eating and drinking thousands of dollars worth of the eatery’s supplies.

According to a statement from the New Haven Police Department, officers responded to Soul De Cuba restaurant on Crown Street at around 11.30am on Tuesday after getting a call from the establishment’s manager, saying that he found a stranger sleeping inside the shuttered business. 

Officers tracked down the suspect, identified as 42-year-old Louis Ortiz, to a location near the ransacked restaurant and found him to be in possession of a bottle of rum stolen from Soul De Cuba. 

Investigators then reviewed security footage from the eatery, which confirmed that the initial break-in took place four days earlier, on Saturday, when they say Ortiz climbed into the locked business through a side window. 

The 42-year-old man then allegedly ‘helped himself over the course of four days to the restaurant’s food, liquor, and beer,’ according to the release. 

Ortiz was discovered sleeping inside Soul De Cuba cafe on Crown Street in New Haven, Connecticut, on Tuesday morning when a manager arrived to check on the eatery 

Besides gorging himself on refreshments, police say the hungry and thirsty intruder also took some ‘beverages and property’ to go.

The management of the eatery estimated that Ortiz consumed or removed thousands of dollars worth of provisions, including 70 bottles of liquor. 

Soul De Cuba has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but a manager has been routinely visiting the site to make sure it was secure.  

Ortiz was booked into the local jail on felony counts of burglary, larceny and criminal mischief. At his arraignment on Friday, Ortiz’s bail was set at $10,500.   

Ortiz’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 27.