Philadelphia business owners see a rise in brazen thefts – CBS Philly

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There has been an increase in brazen thefts, leaving businesses across the city on edge. This forces some owners to make the decision to close.

The restaurant owner who CBS3 spoke to said it was not the first time he had been robbed. On top of that, he’s dealt with vandalism, litter, and surviving COVID as a business owner. He does his best to move forward.

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You can hear the bottles clinking. Surveillance video shows burglars ripping through cabinets and wiping liquor off the shelves of a restaurant in Chinatown.

“We had a trash can behind the bar and it was the perfect little basket to put all the booze that was on the shelves,” said Kevin Wong, owner of Far East Descendant.

Wong says the men used electrical wires to pull themselves up the side of the building to the roof.

“I climbed over, jumped over and kicked down the door,” Wong said.

Wong says it just opened six months ago. It took him over six years to create and design the restaurant, handcrafting everything himself. He says seeing this is heartbreaking.

“As soon as we posted it on social media we were touched, we got a lot of support from other business owners. They’re like “hey, that happened to me too,” Wong said.

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Wong is not alone. A 7-Eleven was also hit in Glenside on Wednesday.

“The crimes are increasing more and more now. Now they are coming in with big bags and filling up with goods and the police can’t do anything to them,” one owner said.

The president of the Delaware Valley Franchise Owners Association says more than a dozen convenience stores have closed due to crime and shoplifting in the past few years and the situation is getting worse.

“It’s very difficult to run a business these days,” said one owner. “The owners are very scared and the employees are scared. No one wants to work at a 7-Eleven.

Wong remains positive and looks on the bright side amid the robbery.

“People should always know that even though there is so much crime in the city, there are a lot of good people here,” Wong said.

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Wong upgraded his alarm system right after the burglary.

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