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Man caught on camera breaking into Greek restaurant in Miami

Thief steals cash register from Greek restaurant in Miami
Thief steals cash register from Greek restaurant in Miami

MIAMI – Miami police are searching for a thief who was captured on surveillance video overnight breaking into a Greek restaurant.

The incident occurred at Spyro’s of Athens, which is located at 100 S. Biscayne Blvd.

The owner told Local 10 News that a man broke into the business and stole the cash register.

“I received a call around, like, 5 in the morning that somebody (broke) into my business,” Guery Villarroel said.

Surveillance video shows the thief jumping over the counter, knocking an iPad off of it and then pulling at the wires holding the cash register down.

“Bad. Angry. But anyway, the life continues and we are going to stay open for business, like we’re open 10:30 to 8 p.m. today,” Villarroel said.

The cash register had $450 inside.

Villarroel said they have been in business for 19 years and have been struggling to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic. He said he is grateful the thief didn’t steal the second cash register, as well, which had $150 inside.

But it will still cost him $750 to replace the stolen cash register and $600 to replace the glass on the front door that was smashed during the break-in.

“Nothing we can do, right? So we have to step up and back on our feet and continue,” Villarroel said.

Crime scene technicians dusted for fingerprints after the burglary in hopes of catching the thief, and Villarroel said they were able to get good fingerprints off the counter.

Anyone with information about the thief’s identity is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

About the Authors:

Madeleine Wright is a general assignment reporter for Local 10 News. She joined the team in March 2017.

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.