NoDa business owners on edge after break-ins

A local neighborhood is on edge after yet another business break-in.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Business owners and residents in NoDa are on edge after yet another break-in.

Early Sunday, Cabo Fish Taco was robbed for the third time.

Restaurants in the area were targeted at the beginning of the summer. With this recent break-in, there are new fears among business owners that it might be happening again.

In June, Cabo Fish Taco, Jack Beagles, Crepe Cellar and NoDa Company Store were all broken into, most within 24 hours of each other. No one was ever caught, and police were unable to determine if the robberies were related.

“I feel comfortable walking around here at night by myself,” resident Michelle Rohas said. “There’s people walking around, but I would never expect any deviancy here in NoDa.”

The thieves were caught on surveillance video multiple times, but they always got away with the crime.

“We’ve got good pictures on cameras and things, sooner or later they’re gonna get caught,” said Jeff Tonidandel, who owns several NoDa businesses-- including the Crepe Cellar, which was one of the many restaurants robbed in June.

“A lot of us have upped our security, putting in unbreakable glass and keeping look out,” he said.

But it wasn’t enough to keep the criminals away, now that Cabo Fish Taco has now been broken into yet again.

This time the thief stole cash, iPads, credit cards-- even two bottles of liquor.

“It’s a pretty chill area,” resident Kristen Rictor said. “So maybe it’s an easy target because people aren’t really looking for that kind of activity.”

But these business owners are looking for it, now more than ever.

“We’re trying to rally together as a business community,” Tonidandel said. “We’ve been talking to police about stepping up activities and putting cameras in and stuff.”

Police patrols in the area have been increased.

CMPD is still looking for the person or people responsible.

If you have any information you think could be helpful in the investigation, you are asked to call crime stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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