A downtown Victoria restaurant was broken into earlier this week.
Owners say the thieves made off with equipment that’s critical in its daily operations, including debit machines, tablets and cash.
It’s been a little over a month since Capone’s Chicken opened up their new location downtown, and now they’re taking to social media to ask for their stuff back.
The sad news was posted to the business’ Facebook account Tuesday, Feb. 7, with owners offering a cash reward and “no questions asked” for the return of their point-of-sales device.
“We all understand whoever did this must be in need of money, we understand it … but we’re all struggling right now,” said Neeraj Sharma, the store’s manager. “It’s hard for us to be in the business, because everything is getting expensive. It may give them a two hundred hundred, a hundred dollars, maybe? But it cost us about twelve-hundred dollars.”
He says he’s shocked, and in his three years of working for the restaurant, nothing like this has ever happened before.
“We’re unsure of how they got in, there’s some marks around the door lock,” he added.
He mentions that it’s already hard enough finding workers, but now since the break-in, no one wants to work the evening shift.
“It’s for sure a matter of security concern now. If they can come in the night when the door was locked, they can come in during the day when the door is open,” he said in an interview with CHEK.
This isn’t the only break in the downtown core has seen this week.
Only two days after this incident, a nearby bookstore was the victim of a similar theft, when thieves broke into the store and took $55,000 in merchandise.
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Anyone with any information relating to the break-in at Capone’s Chicken should call the Victoria Police’s non-emergency desk at (250)-995-7645.