RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police are searching for three people who looted a Richmond restaurant the first weekend of unrest in the city.
On Sunday, May 31, police said they were called to a Four Brothers Bistro & Grill in the 700 block of Lombardy Street which had been damaged by rioters.
The suspects were caught on camera entering the restaurant and stealing cash along with other items.
Omar Obardat, the store manager, told 8News said at around 12:45 a.m., the looters broke two of their windows and the main door. He said they took several of the restaurant’s electronic tablets, cash in the register, and some products inside. Obardat said he got to the restaurant around 1:30 a.m. to survey the damage and see what was missing.
“We were disappointed and shocked. We support the protests, what they’re doing, what they want, what they ask for, but at the same time we don’t want that to happen to any small business in this area,” Obardat said.
The restaurant had just re-opened after being closed during the pandemic. After the break in, the manager told 8News they closed again for a couple of days to clean up.
“We need to support our employees,” Obardat said. “They have families. Everybody just wanted to get back on track and that pushed us back,” he said. “It hurt us but at the same time hopefully everybody will learn from their mistakes.”
He said random community members came by to help clean up the glass and get the restaurant ready to re-open again.
“Thank god the community supports us and the business,” he said. “That helped us a lot and gave us the confidence that this restaurant means a lot to them.”
If you have any information, call Third Precinct Detective M. Sacksteder at (804) 646-1068 or call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.