Serial burglar suspected in five restaurant burglaries

Photo Courtesy: Norfolk Police Department

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk Police are looking for a man they say has been involved in five reported break-in or burglary incidents over the past three weeks.

The suspect in the surveillance photos reportedly robbed a Chen’s Kitchen on Jan. 22, and attempted to break-in to the Ole Bay Seafood restaurant on Jan. 28.

Police say surveillance footage has also connected the man to break-in incidents at Golden Pizza on Jan. 28, T’San Japanese Seafood on Feb. 7 and Paradise Pizza on Feb. 7.

The owners of Ole Bay Seafood spoke with WAVY.com. Chang Yon, whose parents own the restaurant, spoke on behalf of his family to WAVY News’ Liz Palka

“We didn’t lose anything,” explained Yon. “But, we have to pay for the door to be fixed.”

Yon said his father arrived at the restaurant to open up the morning after the burglary. His father found the glass of the front door has been smashed. Although, it did appear to be completely broken.

Yon checked the restaurant’s surveillance and found an unknown man in the video around 3 a.m. on Jan. 28. He said the suspect hopped the tall fence in back of the restaurant and then tried to get the door open. When he couldn’t, Yon said the video shows the suspect attempting to kick the door in.

“He stepped back a few steps, and he’s trying to kick the door,” said Yon. “But, it didn’t work either.”

Yon said, fortunately, the suspect never got in Ole Bay Seafood. Later on, Yon said he did hit their front glass door several times with a hammer. But, he never made it inside the restaurant.

WAVY.com went to every restaurant the suspect targeted. One restaurant owner said he believes the list of businesses the man has broken into will only continue to grow until the suspect is caught. Another restaurant owner said he’s nervous to be in his restaurant now. He’s worried the suspect will return and he doesn’t know what he is capable of.

An employee inside Paradise Pizza said the suspect damaged one of the cash registers. The drawer was found on the ground when they arrived at work. The employee said the restaurant office was also ransacked.

Other than Ole Bay Seafood, police said every restaurant had cash stolen during the burglary. Most businesses also had to pay for serious damage to their business.

If you recognize this man, contact the Norfolk Crime Line at Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887), text “NORFOLK” and your tip information to 274637 (CRIMES) or submit a web-tip at http://www.norfolkcrimeline.com.

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