Restaurant, corporate walls cut with sushi knives


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — An East El Paso Sushi restaurant was among three businesses burgled on Tuesday, with the burglar using sushi knives to break through the walls of the business.

The El Paso Police Department says a total of three businesses were robbed: Sushi Bomb, a two-door coin store, and a business in the middle, all with the walls cut out.

“I noticed straight away that they ripped off our ledger and took the money inside. I noticed that they broke in through our back door and started using my sushi knives to punch a hole in the wall so they can steal something two doors down at the parts store,” said Guillermo De Santiago, the chef and co-owner of Sushi Bomb.

De Santiago initially thought his knives were stolen, but says they have been located. He is grateful as one was a gift from his family.

“I thought he stole it but he was using it. Which made me feel even worse,” De Santiago said as he started to cry.

The burglar didn’t make a single hole in the restaurant, another hole was made in the bathroom wall, cutting through a pipe in the wall. De Santiago said they had to close the restaurant on Wednesday due to pipe damage.

“It hurt to send them back, it was a bit embarrassing, we had to tell them hey, we have a hole in our wall, you know that’s not a good situation,” De Santiago said. “But at the same time, I spoke to every single person that came in that wanted to buy and let them know that we were going to be open, we weren’t going to let that stop us,” De Santiago.

De Santiago hopes to reopen by Thursday.

The coin shop owner also shows KTSM 9 News the hole in the wall at his business, claiming the burglar stole the money. Surprised when he arrived to see that the exterior of his business was intact.

“I’m not too happy, I’m a little surprised. How come the doors aren’t (broken), by the time I open the door everyone is in and then the holes there,” said David Chan, owner of El Paso Coins and Collectible.

The El Paso Police Department says no arrests have yet been made.

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