Detectives arrest suspect seen on surveillance looting restaurant after curfew in Polk Co.

Posted at 1:54 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 11:48:13-04

Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested 25-year-old Mark Elortegui for burglary during a state of emergency, grand theft, VOP and violation of curfew after seeing a surveillance video looting at a Lakeland restaurant while the county was under a state of emergency due to Hurricane Irma.

According to detectives, around 1:15 a.m. on Tuesday, the suspect forced entry into Dona Julia's Mexican Restaurant located at 5375 S. Florida Avenue in Lakeland after he threw a cement paver through the front door. The business owner told detectives the suspect stole approximately $300.00 worth of alcohol.