String of burglaries target 82nd Ave. restaurants

Burglar strikes three businesses in two days

Tommy Ly said his restaurant was one of three that were broken into in two days. January 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Tommy Ly said his restaurant was one of three that were broken into within two days. January 27, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

SOUTHEAST PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Three restaurants in the Universal Center shopping complex in SE Portland have reported burglaries within the past two days, business owners told KOIN 6 News.

Tommy Ly owns the restaurant Quan Linh that was broken into Tuesday morning. He told KOIN 6 News he has been in business off SE Harrison Street and 82nd Avenue for five years and has never been targeted by burglars.

“I’m kind of scared right now,” Ly said. “I’m afraid he might come back and it be a huge hit to the restaurant.”

The crime scene indicated the crook used an iron bar to pry open the door, Ly said. Damages to the door will cost an estimated $1000 to fix. The burglar also broke dishware, stole electronics and took $300 from the register.

Outdoor security cameras recorded the crook, who also ransacked two other restaurants across the parking lot — Good Taste Noodle House and Jin Jin Deli.

The owner of the deli, who did not want to be identified, said she doesn’t keep money in the register overnight to prevent crimes like this from happening.

Ly described the thief as a white man in his 50s with bushy hair and a big beard, “like Santa Claus,” he said.

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