Las Vegas restaurant makes security changes after wave of break-ins across the Valley


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — As Las Vegas police search for suspects involved in a burglary spree, one of the restaurants affected is pushing ahead with security changes.

Early Monday morning, Thai Express near Fort Apache and Russell Road was one of 17 businesses robbed in less than a week. Metro says the suspects are targeting cash registers and the safest ones.

Tomalika Gupta, manager of Thai Express, said it was so unexpected that it happened to them.

They had to close for an entire day after this happened.

“I don’t want to shut down my business just for this,” Gupta said.

In their surveillance video, two men wearing hoodies can be seen watching in the restaurant. One of them throws a heavy object which breaks the glass door of the facade. A man jumps over the counter where he has taken two cash registers.

Gupta said $400 to $500 was taken.

“Not small but hey, you know we work hard to make money,” Gupta said.

She said their staff is like family and something like that affects them all.

“They depend on us, so if we make money, my employee can make money too,” Gupta said.

In the future, they will make changes.

“I feel like it’s a lesson for us like a good lesson. Now we know what to do and what not to do. As a store manager, I shouldn’t keep of cash in the register or in store property,” Gupta said.

Metro suggests other companies do the same and lock all safes.

Within a mile of Fort Apache, two restaurants were also robbed Monday morning.

Belia Skin and Beauty Spa is just five doors down from one of the businesses that was robbed. Lia Yulinzi, the owner, wants security in the square.

“It’s kind of crazy because I thought it would never happen to this mall where I’ve been here for six years,” Yulinzi said.

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