Burglar takes $40,000 during break-in at Hanover club

Cancun Cantina owner offers $20,000 reward

May 17, 2000|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A burglar got at least $40,000 -- in singles and five-dollar bills -- during a fairly sophisticated break-in at a popular Hanover restaurant and nightclub yesterday.

The money, which was used to make change for customers, was stored in two safe-deposit boxes in the restaurant office, said Cancun Cantina owner Tony Toskov.

"That's a couple grocery bags full of cash," said Toskov, who also owns All Stretched Out Limousine Service -- which rented a Lincoln Navigator to Ravens star Ray Lewis the night of a double killing in Atlanta. A cleaning lady discovered the burglary about 5 a.m. yesterday, said Toskov.

He said the bar was ransacked. The phone lines had been cut, which disconnected burglary alarms, and the tapes had been taken from the video surveillance system, he said.

"The only thing they forgot about was the video surveillance [from nearby businesses]," said Toskov.

Those cameras taped activity in the parking lot about 1: 40 a.m., though the night spot is closed Mondays, Toskov said.

The surveillance videos and fingerprints are clues for police, who are investigating the burglary.

Investigators had not identified suspects late yesterday, said Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Officer Charles Ravenell.

Toskov is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.

The burglar or burglars gained entry to the restaurant through a side door, Toskov said. Money was taken from an automated teller machine inside, Ravenell said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Western Detective Patrick Ronaghan at 410-222-6155.

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