Burglars steal $2,000 in food items from local restaurant

Published 12:18 am Tuesday, October 29, 2019


NATCHEZ — Burglars broke into the Magnolia Grill early Thursday morning and stole $2,000 worth of items, said John Parks the restaurant’s owner.

Parks posted several surveillance videos, time-stamped starting at 3:56 a.m. Oct. 24, on his social media account over the weekend.

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The videos were taken from inside the restaurant.

“They got 5 whole ribeyes, 60 lbs catfish, tuna, Mahi, redfish, salmon, duck, 2 gallons gumbo, a case of Dawn dish soap, and a case of fries,” Parks wrote in one of the social media posts at 8:40 a.m. Sunday. “Over $2,000 worth of stuff. I’m sure they are selling on the street. Please spread the word.”

In an earlier post, Parks asked his social media followers to like and share the videos that show a man wearing a full facemask covering his entire head using what appeared to be bolt cutters to open a freezer.

“Please like and share these videos,” Parks wrote in another social media post. “Pay attention to clothing and mannerisms. There is another person off-camera. Probably a past employee. $500 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of these punks.”

Parks said he had filed a police report but had not yet heard from an investigator as of Monday afternoon.

“We have been broken into before and that was a past employee,” Parks said, adding that he suspects a past employee could be involved in the most recent break-in.

Parks and his wife, Malan, also own Pearl Street Pasta and 100 Main — Spirits & Eatery.

Parks said the reward should speak for itself but that he would appreciate any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators.

Capt. Scott Frye of the Natchez Police Department said no suspects had been identified as of Monday afternoon.