Greenwood police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at a Greenwood restaurant early Friday morning.
According to a Greenwood police report, a robber broke into Fin N' Filet, 715 Montague Ave., just before 3 a.m. and dragged the business' safe out of the eatery. Officers arrived and found a door on the northern side of the building had been forced open as glass was shattered and two deadbolt locks were broken.
Officers noted drag marks on the floor leading from the safe room to the outside area. Several items in the safe room were tossed around.
Police looked at security video footage from inside the restaurant, which showed a silver mid-2000 model Nissan Altima park in the rear lot and a man exit the vehicle. The suspect, an unidentified white male about in his mid-20s with a "chin-strap" beard, walks toward the restaurant and is seen entering the safe room moments later. The footage showed the man throw several items off the safe and drag it out of the building, loading it into the front passenger seat of his car. He left the scene four minutes after arriving, and fled onto Montague Avenue.
The owner of the restaurant told officers the safe, which was the only thing missing, contained petit cash and cash from the registers. He said he did not know the exact amount of money in the safe. The vehicle involved in the burglary matched the description of cars involved in several other recent commercial burglaries throughout Greenwood and Laurens counties, the report stated.