NEW BRAUNFELS — Someone broke into a New Braunfels restaurant and stole a safe that was recovered by police Wednesday morning only a few hours after the theft was reported, a city police spokesman said.
Dispatchers took the initial call about 7 a.m. Wednesday. A pest control company employee sent to Schobels Restaurant, 1515 Kuehler Ave., noticed an unlocked door and a cash register that had been toppled to the ground, said Lt. John Wells of the New Braunfels Police Department.
Wells said police arrived and searched the building. They found no one inside but discovered someone had pried entry through an office door, Wells said. Investigators called a restaurant manager who confirmed that a safe had been taken, along with an undisclosed amount of cash.
“While the officers were there taking that report, dispatch got a call saying that a suspicious safe had been located at a construction site behind Buc-ee’s,” Wells said.
He said officers arrived to the site, located off Farm-to-Market Road 306 behind Buc-ee’s, about 9 a.m. One of the construction workers at the site said he found an open safe, which contained paperwork that appeared to have belonged to Schobels, Wells said.
“There was no money found. ... (It) had been removed from the safe,” Wells said.
Police removed the safe for evidence and continue to investigate.