A man broke into the Austin BBQ restaurant and stole liquor

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin police have made an arrest in connection to another robbery at a popular East Austin barbecue restaurant on Monday.

According to an affidavit, the Austin Police Department arrested 32-year-old Michael Anthony Martinez and charged him with breaking into La Barbecue, stealing liquor bottles and damaging the business’s door and cash register. He faces a felony charge in state jail for theft (other than housing).

The affidavit says police went to the restaurant, located at 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St., at 1:45 a.m. Monday and found the door window broken and the door open.

A restaurant employee met with APD and showed the responding officer surveillance camera footage of the break-in, where the man later identified as Martinez used a rock to break the window in the door and enter the restaurant. The affidavit said the video showed Martinez later grabbing several liquor bottles and walking out.

The affidavit says Martinez was found a block away near East Second Street and Pedernales Street about 20 minutes later “with a bottle of liquor in his hand and dried blood on him.” The photo provided to police by the restaurant employee from the surveillance footage matched Martinez’s description, according to the affidavit.

Martinez is listed in custody at the Travis County Jail.

The robbery is the latest in a series of break-ins at La Barbacoa. The owner told KXAN in February about two different times the restaurant was broken into.

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