Central District

Overworked restaurant owner repeatedly burglarized for beer

SEATTLE -- The owner of a Central District restaurant that has been burglarized half-a-dozen times in the past month told officers he's been too busy working 15-hour days to report most of the crimes, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Officers first responded to the restaurant in the 700 block of Rainier Avenue South on Nov. 24 after someone stole a six-pack of beer and approximately $7 worth of food overnight.

The restaurant's owner told officers the same thing happened on Nov. 15, Nov. 16 and Nov. 17, but he was too busy to report it.

The owner said he had to replace the front door's glass window with plexiglass after it was broken out in an earlier burglary. He said the plexiglass is very easy to push out without damaging the door, which is apparently how the burglars keep getting in.

The owner told officers he was only reporting the Nov. 24 burglary because he planned to stay in the restaurant overnight in an attempt to catch the culprits red-handed.

There's no word on how the owner's stakeout turned out, but two nights later he returned to the closed restaurant to get his laptop when he noticed the plexiglass had been removed from the door.

According to the police report for the incident, the owner saw two men inside the restaurant, one drinking from a bottle of Tsingtao beer and the other carrying five bottles of Corona.

The men reportedly asked the owner not to call police, telling him they would pay for the beer. According to the report, they gave the owner a watch and $2 before leaving the Corona behind and walking off.

Officers stopped the alleged Tsingtao drinker in the area and arrested him. According to the report, he told officers he just wanted to get a beer because he didn't have any money.

The second intruder was not found.