Immm Rice and Beyond on Broadway opened in Uptown six years ago and has been robbed three times, most recently early Monday morning.
Surveillance video shows a man wearing a mask running after smashing the window and heading straight for the cash register.
“He just walked in, spent 15 seconds at the till but luckily I leave my till open so once he started he already knew I had no money for them,” said Dew Suriyawan, owner of Immm Rice and Beyond.
However, the owner says the suspect found money hidden under the ledger and then fled. This is at least the fifth burglary in Uptown in less than two weeks.
The crimes took place primarily in Asian restaurants in Broadway, Argyle and Sheridan.
Police have issued a community alert saying the suspect typically throws a brick or kicks a window and heads straight for the cash register.
Erin Hoang, owner of First Sip Café, said someone broke into her business last week.
“For us, replacing our window costs more than anything they took,” Hoang said.
48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman said his office would meet with business owners to discuss ways to increase safety in the neighborhood.
“But it’s very difficult for these small business owners who have really worked to get through the pandemic and stay open when, you know, someone is literally throwing a brick through their window,” Osterman said.
In the meantime, Suriyawan is determined to continue his business, but he is frustrated.
“You want to do something to make your life better. Do it. Don’t break the window and don’t do something wrong,” he said.
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