Suspect arrested in IHOP burglary

Published 9:50 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Numerous calls to the Crime Line helped nab a suspect in the Tuesday burglary of the IHOP restaurant in Suffolk.

Justin Cody Beale, 18, of the 1500 block of Bellevue Road in Elberon (between Surry and Wakefield) was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of business burglary and one count of grant larceny. A photo of the suspect captured on surveillance video was distributed in media outlets throughout Hampton Roads, and resulted in the Crime Line calls, city spokeswoman Debbie George said.

The burglary occurred just after 5 a.m. Tuesday at the eatery, located in the 1200 block of North Main Street. The suspect can be seen in the video breaking glass to get inside a locked office. Once inside, he took a safe containing several hundred dollars, George said. The restaurant was closed at the time.