Burglar found cooking inside Mt. Prospect restaurant

Police responding to a Mount Prospect restaurant’s burglar alarm about 3:30 a.m. Saturday found the suspect inside the restaurant beginning to prepare a meal and brought him to bond court later Saturday facing a felony burglary charge.

Hachem Gomez, 19, of Mount Prospect, was observed on surveillance video damaging the drive through window of Mr. Beef and Pizza, 1796 Elmhurst Road, then entering the restaurant, according to Mount Prospect police.

Officers reviewing the video saw Gomez damage a cash register, make himself a soda, then steal fries and chicken tenders from the freezer and begin to cook them in the microwave, Assistant State’s Attorney Robin Murphy said.

There was no indication Gomez was drunk or under the influence of drugs when he broke into the restaurant, and he has no criminal background, Murphy said.

Judge Joel Greenblatt set bond at $5,000, telling family who attended the bond hearing they would need to post $500 to bail Gomez out. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 21.