Woman charged with stealing $100,000 worth of restaurant equipment

A Las Vegas restaurateur has been accused of stealing more than $100,000 worth of equipment from a restaurant that went bankrupt in February 2021.

Ruth Rodriguez-Perez, 54, was jailed at the Clark County Detention Center on Tuesday for a single felony theft of $100,000 or more. A Las Vegas police arrest warrant for Rodriguez-Perez says she was charged with the disappearance of a large volume of restaurant equipment from a Guatemalan cuisine restaurant operating in two retail spaces at 4632 S. Maryland Parkway last year.

Police wrote in the warrant that Rodriguez-Perez entered into a rental agreement with Las Vegas University Gardens in 2019 to lease the space. When she did, police said, the restaurant was already fully furnished with equipment.

Police say Rodriguez-Perez eventually fell behind on his rent for the restaurant by “several tens of thousands of dollars.” Then, representatives of the University of Las Vegas gardens lost contact with her. A property manager then went to the restaurant and found that “the restaurant had been emptied and all the equipment was missing,” police said.

Stolen were several refrigerators and freezers, flat grill, burner stove, deep fryer, oven, cold storage containers, microwave, serving plates, bowls, frying pans, saucepans , glassware, chopping blocks, blenders, a coffee pot, bar stools, a surface heater, an iPad payment system, several flat screen televisions and large paintings. Police said there were no signs of a break-in.

The arrest warrant was issued on October 18. Rodriguez-Perez made a first appearance in court in Las Vegas on Wednesday. She has since been released after posting bail. Court records do not mention a lawyer for her.

Contact Glenn Puit by email at gpuit@reviewjournal.com. To follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter.

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