Patio furniture stolen from 2 Virginia Beach businesses
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (WAVY) – Two Virginia Beach companies are trying to find out who stole their patio furniture over the weekend.
Both Pioneer Pizza Bar and Sweetwater Cuisine on Virginia Beach Boulevard and Thalia Drive say someone stole their patio furniture early Sunday morning.
“It’s frustrating because it’s been a very long year for everyone in the industry and if we only see the light of day happens. It’s just annoying, ”said Jodi Newland, the owner of Sweetwater Cuisine.
Newland says she noticed the missing furniture when she showed up at work for brunch on Sunday morning. She originally thought someone had moved the warehouse behind her restaurant.
But then they discovered it was stolen when they found one of their hotboxes outside a shop next door.
The surveillance camera footage provided by Newland shows a white truck pulling in at 12:45 a.m. Even more shocking, the same truck came back around 6:30 a.m.
“They stopped and spent 10 minutes collecting patio tables and chairs. They returned at 6:20 am and spent 10 minutes behind the restaurant picking up hot boxes, refrigerators, mats and trash cans, ”she said.
Newland says they also brought cork coolers and umbrellas. In total, the loss is about $ 2,000.
“We’ve all thought about it when someone tries to start a business. I would say now is not the time, but we’re thinking about it, ”she said, referring to the stolen items.
Linda Tran, the owner of the Pioneer Pizza Bar, is just trying to find out why.
“I felt angry, shocked, incredulous,” she said. “During this time when people were taking your things, we worked so hard to get them out. We were just trying to keep up, keep our doors open, and within four minutes someone came over and took our things. We have never had such a problem in our region before. It’s just hard to swallow. “
Tran says she also immediately noticed the furniture was missing on Sunday morning, but thought management might have put it away to clean up the area.
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Tran says knowing that their furniture has been stolen is just one more thing to worry about during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re in the same boat as you. We fight too. We don’t make a lot of money here. We’re trying to make ends meet. We understand that everyone is in the same situation and so are we, ”she said.
Both owners are grateful for the community’s support, especially the other restaurants in the area.
Tran says Tap It reached out and donated a table and chairs for them.
Newland says the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association got in touch too.
She also filed a police report.
The truck in question is a 2002 Ford F150 with a single cab. It didn’t have a front license plate. They also checked out surveillance camera footage from other companies such as Aldi.
“Bring it back,” she said to those who took the items. “Come back at night when no one is here and leave that stuff … you would have been better off just asking for help because now I’m coming for you. I’m pissed off.”
If you have information, you can contact the Virginia Beach Police Department.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or Submit a tip online.