A Texas restaurant has been robbed again, the third time in three months, its owners said.
An East Austin barbecue, La Barbecue, co-owned by LeAnn Mueller and Alison Clem, was robbed Wednesday night by a suspect who “opened our gate and stole a few empty kegs,” the duo wrote in an Instagram post.
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“This guy pulled up in a car full of stuff… he opened our gate and stole a few empty kegs,” the post wrote. read. “The ring system scared him off, so he didn’t venture into the area. PLEASE EVERYONE ON THE SIDE BE CAREFUL!!! This guy is going back to his car to grab something before going in. I hope he wins ‘I’m not coming back!!’
Austin police have yet to release additional information regarding the theft, Austin’s Fox 7 reported.
The robbery is the latest in a string of restaurant victims across the city, as an East Austin food truck owner claims he has also been the victim of multiple robberies.
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Kris Elliott, Steak and Fries owner of East Austin cheesesteak truck Kris Elliott, said he was grateful no one was hurt in the robberies, the last of which took place a month ago and a half, Austinia reported.
“As the weather gets colder, it seems like these things start happening more often,” Elliott told the outlet. “We’re just happy no one was injured.”
“This issue has been very difficult to manage because we small business owners are just trying to survive during the pandemic,” Elliott added, according to the report.
Other restaurants, including Eldorado Cafe and Chez Zee Bistro, both located in North Austin, have also been robbed this year. Dozens of food truck thefts and restaurant robberies were reported late last year, a spike that Xose Velasco, owner of East Austin’s Discada, attributes to undercover law enforcement agencies. workforce, austonia reported.
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Independent researchers have confirmed that the city of Austin is understaffed in police and law enforcement. The city needs more than 100 additional police officers to provide adequate protection, the researchers said.
“An evidence-based staffing project conducted by independent researchers indicates the Austin Police Department needs 882 patrol officers, 108 more than our current authorized total,” said Austin Police Joseph Chacon. tweeted January 12.