Thieves target small Black businesses, stealing thousands in cash and equipment

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge business owners said they’re frustrated after people broke into their restaurants.

The business owners said they were lucky to stay afloat during a pandemic and now they’re fighting another virus, thieves.

Owner of Atchafalaya Seafood and the Breakfast Club De’jon Dunbar said it hurts watching someone smash the glass of his business and crawl under a counter to take his property.

“He took money, he took a computer, iPads,” said Dunbar.

Along with causing damage to the business, the crime is hurting them financially.

“You know we losing a lil money until we get our systems back. We ordered it and we just have to make it happen,” said Dunbar.

A similar incident happened a few miles away at Cajun Cowboy Kitchen.

Owner Kendell King said someone took a rock and bust the window of his mobile kitchen, making off with nearly everything inside.

“They stole my scale, they stole an air compressor, they stole our cash register,” said King.

The owners said it hurts to see small businesses suffer in this way.

“Point blank period, it’s rough. So you know you have to go back to the drawing board because how can I make up for that loss because the loss we took here was like $3,500,” said King.

These owners are counting their losses for now, but hoping to gain much more.

“But man, the same money we did, you know, God returned us a favor and gave it right back to us. So you gone have things that are like that happen, and you just got to keep moving forward,” said Dunbar.

If you have any information that can help find the suspects, you’re asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP(7867).

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