Burglars have struck two Central West End restaurants this week, Brasserie by Niche (4380 Laclede Avenue; 314-454-0600)
and Tortillaria (8 1/2 South Euclid Avenue; 314-361-4433)
. It remains unclear as of now whether the two crimes are connected, though the m.o. is similar in each.
The perpetrator(s) hit Brasserie first, breaking open the back door around 4 a.m. Sunday.
"Someone...broke open the door and came in and opened the cash register and took off very quickly," says owner Gerard Craft
Besides stealing money, the perpetrator(s) also smashed the restaurant's POS (point-of-sale) computer. "That's the worst of it," adds Craft.
Police took fingerprints from the scene but have yet to arrest a suspect. The official St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department filed this incident report:
Police were contacted after an alarm sounded at the business. The back door appeared to have been pried open and items were strewn about. A representative of the business indicated that cash had been stolen from a cash register. A computer located on the top of the cash register had also been destroyed. No other items were reported to have been stolen.
On Tuesday morning, it was Tortillaria's turn.
At about 4:30 a.m., according to owner Adam Tilford
, the perpetrators "went through the alley and kicked in the back door."
Tortillaria shares this back door with Racanelli's New York Pizzeria (12 South Euclid Avenue; 314-367-7866)
. From this back entrance, the perpetrator(s) then kicked in the door that leads into Tortillaria's kitchen. "They went right to the cash drawer," says Tilford. "In and out pretty quick."
"The cops said most likely it was cased. They knew exactly what to do."
There have been no arrests in this case, either. The police department's incident report has yet to be completed. More as we learn it.