Hillsdale’s beloved cafe victim of early morning burglary

PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) – Someone broke into a beloved cafe in the Hillsdale neighborhood on Monday morning. The owners tell FOX 12 this is the first time someone has broken into Gigi’s Cafe in the eight years they’ve been there, but they also say they’re not really shocked it happened. in the neighborhood.

The owners, Charlene Wesler and Mike Susak, arrived around 5 a.m. after receiving a call in which their cafe had been broken into.

According to surveillance footage, you can see the rock flying through the window. Then a man in a hat, carrying two bags jumping out of the window, followed by a woman, also carrying a bag. They walk around and head for the kitchen, but take nothing. Then the man goes to the cash register and leaves.

“It would seem that there is no interest in anything else. In fact, they weren’t even in a rush. They walked very slowly, sort of to see what they wanted,” says Wesler.

According to police, upon arrival they searched the building but found it empty. But the thieves didn’t escape much. Charlene says they only escaped with about $100, but it will cost thousands in repairs.

” It could have been worse. We spent a bit of time this morning cleaning the glass inside and a bit outside as well,” says Wesler.

They cleaned up just in time to open for the day. But Charlene says she felt they were in a safe neighborhood.

“Recently we have seen an increase in burglaries. I know the restaurant across the street had its windows smashed last week,” says Wesler. “It’s just super frustrating. We try to help the community as much as we can, we try to help people who are down on their luck. So for that to happen to us, we’re a struggling restaurant. , trying to get back too.

The suspects are still at large.

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