Family-owned Reno restaurant burglarized

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Updated: 2/11/2014 6:05 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The search is on after a burglary suspect takes off and rides his bike into the Truckee River. While the search continues, Walden's Coffehouse is back to business as usual.

Walden's has been a local favorite for more than a decade, but unfortunately this isn't the first break-in the Barone family has dealt with since taking over in 2012.

"This is the second time that we've been broken into in two years," said General Manager Tony Barone. 

Barone runs Walden's with his son Michael Barone who responded to the call about the burglary.

"I saw a lot of cops, ambulances, fire trucks down, all up and down, here between here and 4th Street," Michael said.

Police were after a suspect on a bike who they believe may have broken into Walden's through the back door and stolen an undisclosed amount of cash and equipment.

"[They stole] the cash drawer, along with the POS system we had just purchased with the tablets," Tony said. "Everything's done by tablet now, you know, no more big registers. So today we're back to the old system and it's kind of complicated."

While they're up and running with the old system, Michael said they will be looking for new security. 

"For some reason we're a target here," he said. "I know we're going to take extra measures to help prevent that."

The good news is the crime doesn't seem to have hurt their business.

"You can see everybody's coming back, the place is full," Tony said. "Everybody's expressed their concerns, stopped in to just say hi."

Reno Police want your help with the investigation. Officials say Walden's surveillance video shows two white men between 25 and 45 years old wearing dark clothes.

If you have any information about the suspects or the crime, you can call Reno police at 775-334-2115, or you can call Secret Witness anonymously 24 hours a day at 775-322-4900.
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