| Danial Norjidi |
RESTAURANT Villa Mauri was a victim of robbery in the early hours of yesterday.
According to Chef Mauri, owner of the Chef Mauri Group of Restaurants, a trio of thieves broke into the restaurant and stole the restaurant’s safe from the office.
Taking to the restaurant’s Facebook page, Mauri shared a CCTV footage that he said shows the culprits in action. He said they were able to break in and steal the safe within five minutes.
Speaking to the Borneo Bulletin, Mauri said the safe contained around $1,000 in cash and $500 in food receipts. He said, however, the money was not the priority and that he was more concerned about apprehending those responsible for the theft.
He said he was notified by his staff that something was amiss at the restaurant about 10 minutes after it had opened at 8.30am yesterday. The staff found the cash register drawer on the floor, and the safe missing from the premises. He added that a report was lodged with the Berakas Police Station promptly, and the police arrived at the premises to investigate.
He suspects the thieves got into the restaurant via a large window at the back, as the front door showed no sign of break-in, and that a neighbour saw movement in the restaurant at around the time of the incident, but thought it was the restaurant’s staff.
Mauri also said the CCTV footage shows the thieves not only in the process of removing the safe from the restaurant’s office, but also leaving the premises with it.
Speaking on the state of Villa Mauri, he said, “The restaurant is very much operational. It’s business as usual. My main concern is the welfare of the staff.”
The chef and restaurateur is now using the Facebook to spread awareness on the incident and to get the Bruneian community to work together in nabbing those responsible.