A local restaurant is looking for help catching a gas thief who's funneling costs from their bottom line.
- New at 4:00, a local restaurant is looking for help catching a thief who's funneling money from their bottom line.
- CBS13's Rachel Wulff with what happened and what's being done to stop it.
TOMMY MACK: This is where it happened right over here.
RACHEL WULFF: Tommy Mack at Mikuni on Hazel Avenue assessing the damage after a gas thief was back at it this weekend.
TOMMY MACK: He gets under the car and he cuts off the gas lines on that, and then he pumps it through a funnel or the tubing.
RACHEL WULFF: He got away with gas two weeks ago, but this Saturday, someone scared him off before he was caught on camera.
TOMMY MACK: He drilled the hole, and then he left the gas tub there, but I guess he didn't finish the job, and he just stopped.
RACHEL WULFF: It's happened to two different trucks. Each time he strikes, it leaves thousands of dollars in damage. And then there's everything else.
TOMMY MACK: Just the time having to find a new truck, stuff like that. Yeah, it's a hassle. We're just glad that no one got hurt.
RACHEL WULFF: It's been a year that's hurt financially between the pandemic and petty crimes at several of their restaurants. There was damaged during protests in Midtown, and then at the Fountains location.
TOMMY MACK: Some people took the chairs and the tables, and then we put it on our social media. So what happens the next day, they actually brought it back.
RACHEL WULFF: Management posting it all on social media. They understand this is part of doing business, but it's tough to eat the repair costs in a year that's been uncertain due to the pandemic. They reported it to police and are upgrading their surveillance system, hoping this next time more eyes will reveal who is responsible.