Third Sunderland restaurant hit by burglars and vandals

Louie Louie owner Shuaida Cheng, says he is a victim of thieves who have targated Papadoms and the Funky Indian.
Louie Louie owner Shuaida Cheng, says he is a victim of thieves who have targated Papadoms and the Funky Indian.
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A Sunderland businessman believes he is the victim of crooks targeting restaurants in Sunderland city centre.

The Echo revealed this week that Papadoms in High Street West and The Funky Indian in Tavistock Place had been targeted by burglars and vandals.

It is looking as though there is a group of criminals working in this area. I think it is all related to one group.

Shuaida Cheng

The Funky Indian had been broken into twice in a week, while staff at Papadoms had been verbally abused and a window damaged.

Now, a third restaurant owner has come forward to reveal his premises have also been targeted.

The Louie Louie oriental buffet, just yards away from Papadoms in High Street West, was broken into twice last weekend.

Owner Shuaida Cheng believes he has been hit by the same people responsible for the attacks on neighbouring businesses.

“It is looking as though there is a group of criminals working in this area,” he said.

“I think it is all related to one group.”

Thieves broke into the premises and forced their way into the safe.

“They have taken my CCTV and my computer hard drive as well,” added Mr Cheng. “They knew what they wanted.”

Burglars initially struck on Saturday night, and attempted to get in by smashing a window before forcing their way into the building through an emergency exit, then returned the same way 24 hours later.

“We repaired the door and they came back on Sunday night,” said Mr Cheng.

Anyone with information about the burglaries and vandalism at Louie Louie, Funky Indian or Papadoms can call Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.