Arrest made in restaurant burglaries

Almenta, Jose GuadalupaBy MELINDA WILLIAMS


A Pulaski man was arrested Monday, less than a week after he is alleged to have burglarized three restaurants in Pulaski Plaza.

According to Pulaski Police Officer Megan Jennings, Detective Wes Ratcliff arrested 23-year-old Jose Guadalupa Almenta Monday after receiving tips, reviewing surveillance videos from the businesses and conducting interviews.

Almenta is being held without bond at New River Valley Regional Jail on charges of breaking and entering, property damage and petit larceny. He is identified in jail files as Jose Almenta-Guadalupa.

Pulaski Police Department responded to the East Main Street shopping center just before 9 a.m. Friday after receiving a report of a possible break-in at Little Caesars, where the door had been broken. Responding officers discovered China Wall and Compadres also had been burglarized.

Jennings said the investigation is continuing. Additional charges are pending.



6 Responses to Arrest made in restaurant burglaries

  1. CC

    January 8, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Is the photo taken at the time of arrest? He needs to pay for the glass that he broke!! What is he smiling about? There is nothing to smile when anyone goes to jail.

    • Va Girl

      January 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

      It would be nice if he paid for the glass. One of those doors alone is likely $1000 to have replaced (door and labor).

      As for his smirk, he’s stupid enough to rob businesses without a mask that have video running, so it’s little wonder he’s baffoon enough to smile at the camera for police.

  2. Currious

    January 10, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Could this be the Cat that caused all the trouble a few months back at Tractor Supply? (Very Close proximity) . If all this damage was found by employees ,where was our Police?
    Do they not walk a beat anymore?
    Do they not patrol anymore?
    Don’t they have spot lights on there cruisers anymore? Come on now how will this one be covered up?
    Last week 7:40 am at least 2 Police cruisers and the white unmarked Dodge was parked at The Dawg House I assumed they must be having a meeting. Surely they were not all there having breakfast while on DUTY. Should not breakfast be before shift starts and not at Tax payers expense? Ertl the cat at Tractor Supply has relocated and thanks to a camera the cat or so called perpetrator of these crimes, has been relocated to NRV Regional Jail. Now what is wrong with this picture?

  3. Ned

    January 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Curious (note correct spelling of curious) you’re an idiot! Blame it on the police, I’m sure it’s all their fault.

    • Va Girl

      January 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      I agree with Ned. We cry and moan over “taxes”. Yet we then try and moan over police not “doing enough”. Does currious (sp) have the slightest clue the size of the town of Pulaski? Or the slightest clue of the number of officers who are on duty for 3rd shift? Clearly not. So if the officers meet for some reason (apparently at the Dog House this time), they find some imaginary reason to fault them?

      Until Currious (who cannot spell) has worked in law enforcement, I’ve no interest in their uneducated and foolish remarks. Yup…I read them and respond anyway because nothing else to do on a Sunday evening.

      AS for our law enforcement…thank you VERY MUCH for what you do. Your job sucks but you still make the best of it and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking with it. God Bless!!!!!!!

  4. Curious

    January 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Well this idiot misspelled one word. So I am illiterate. (OK) But that dose not change the fact that the truth hurts some of our intelligent citizens. Either way being an idiot, illiterate, or intelligent. Dose not change the facts,they are what they are.
    Sorry if I hurt any body else with my spelling. I now no how to spell CURIOUS.

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