Spicy Thai Lao posted a grainy black-and-white surveillance video of the burglary suspect on their Facebook page Thursday soliciting information and offering a reward. The video appears to show a white male with a T-shirt pulled over his head rummaging through the cash register and front counter area.
The Burbank Police Department confirmed an unknown suspect broke into the restaurant off of State Road during the early morning hours of July 4 and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.
According to George Goodson, who owns the restaurant with his wife Kaew Saengsom, the man gained entry around 2:30 a.m. by smashing the front door with a large rock. Goodson was alerted to the broken door several hours later by a regular customer who was passing by and noticed the damage.
Goodson said the suspect was able to open the cash register but the only money it contained was a two-dollar bill and 45 cents in loose change which the man made off with. Nothing else from the restaurant was taken.
Goodson boarded up the broken door himself which cost about $60 and believes repairs will come out-of-pocket since the damage won’t exceed his insurance deductible.
Goodson said he is willing to pay up to $500 for anyone with information which leads to an arrest of the suspect.
The restaurant is planning a big expansion later this year. Goodson said the existing dining area is not large enough. He has been negotiating with the landlord to take over the adjacent store northeast of the restaurant and hopes to be using the additional space by autumn.
The hidden gem of a restaurant consistently garners excellent ratings on the internet including 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp and EatStreet. It received a glowing review in 2014 by the Chicago Reader shortly after opening.