Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Katy business owner believes JINYA Ramen bar burglar could be connected to string of crimes - Chron.com

A Katy business owner said he thinks the burglar who robbed his co-owned JINYA Ramen bar near Mason Road last Friday could be connected to a string of other crimes across Houston.

On Nov. 30, the suspect broke into the JINYA Ramen Bar, located at 21788 Katy Freeway Ste. 100, and stole the restaurant's safe. Although he covered his face with a T-shirt, the suspect is seen on surveillance video allegedly using a glass shattering device to break through a door window and enter the store.

"He basically punches a hole into the glass and just punched it in," JINYA Ramen Bar co-owner Keith Huang said. "Then he went straight into the back office, lifted the safe and carried it out to his Tahoe."

Huang said he believes the Chevy Tahoe seen in his store's surveillance video is the same one seen in multiple other burglaries caught on surveillance video in the Heights and Memorial areas.

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"Their [Fadi's at Memorial] footage looked like the same guy, same build, I can't confirm for sure if it was him but it looks like him," Huang said. "The idea of bolting [the safe] to the floor or to have a secured door lock on the office door wasn't going to stop this guy. He knew what he was doing. As a one person operation he was pretty efficient, I will say that."

Huang said he estimates the burglar got away with about a few thousand in cash. A police report was filed after the incident, but Huang said this is not the first time his business was targeted.

"We got hit by a potential burglar before we even did the grand opening," Huang said. "It's just unfortunate...it's bad luck."

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Houston Police.

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