Thieves Break Into Bay Area Restaurant to Host Party, Steal Equipment, Owners Claim

The owners of a soon-to-be opened ramen restaurant in San Francisco recently claimed that a group of thieves broke into the establishment, where they hosted a party and stole equipment.

According to the SFGate, Ramen Hiroshi was set to open its new location in San Francisco on December 10, but the owners were forced to delay the grand opening after they discovered evidence of a break-in and had equipment stolen.

While speaking with SFGate, the restaurant's owner, Hiroshi Tun, said that a group of thieves recently broke into the restaurant's San Francisco location and "removed security cameras."

"They brought their own drinks and also finished the wine we had," Tun told SFGate. "They even made a sign to go to the bathroom and drew a picture of a man and a woman [on the doors]."

KTVU 2 News in San Francisco first reported the incident after speaking with the restaurant's co-owner Daniel Bomya, who said that it appeared that the thieves hosted a party inside the restaurant after breaking in.

"They had a huge drinking and smoking party and they stole stuff that we needed to open our business," Bomya told KTVU 2 news. "We are frustrated. We are angry, but we're more surprisingly disappointed."

Bomya told the local news station that tables were among the equipment that was stolen from the restaurant, while also claiming that the thieves stole wine bottles and left garbage bags filled with cans, empty bottles and cigarette butts inside the restaurant. According to KTVU 2 news, Bomya said that he believes the break-in was an organized event.

While speaking with SFGate, Tun said that the restaurant's grand opening will likely be pushed back due to the stolen items needed to open the establishment.

"They have no respect," Tun told SFGate. "I'm very upset and frustrated and scared that people can do this so easily."

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department said that while the agency can't confirm the restaurant owner's comments, they can confirm that officers responded to the restaurant "regarding a burglary that occurred between November 11-16."

"Officers arrived on scene and met with the victim, business owner, who reported business furniture and equipment were stolen from the business, which was in construction," the statement said. "There was no evidence of forced entry. The investigation is looking for surveillance video and eye witnesses."

The incident comes amid a string of smash and grab looting in San Francisco and across California. Newsweek previously reported that several businesses in San Francisco's Union Square area were forced to board up doors and windows in response to the rise in retail theft.

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The owners of a new restaurant in San Francisco claimed that a group of thieves recently broke into the establishment where they hosted a party and stole equipment. Above, Raul Gomez removes wood paneling used to secure a store near Union Square on November 30 in San Francisco, California. Ethan Swope/Getty