Wichita restaurant asking for help after thieves make off with cash

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Shawn Meyer has been in the burger business for 16 years now. After recently expanding his restaurant West Street Burger, the last thing he thought would happen was a break-in.

"They came by at 3:52, broke the front door,” Meyer said.

Two men broke into his south Wichita burger shop, near Pawnee and Seneca, early Saturday morning and it was all caught on camera.

"Things are tough right now. A little tight, you know? Just starting out. So, to have something like this really puts extra stress on there,” Meyer said.

The restaurant’s surveillance cameras caught the thieves as the getaway car made its way around the business. Then a man gets out of the car and throws a rock, breaking the front door.

After the two thieves threw a rock through the front door, they left the business for over an hour before coming back to finish the job. The owner believes they were worried an alarm would sound.

One of the men, who was wearing a mask, then makes his way through the building straight to the safe. The owner says it looks like the thief had been there before.

"We don't really keep much cash. The fact that people risk their freedom to take what little bit they did take really caused more money in damage than what they run off with cash,” Meyer said.

And even though West Street Burger already has 13 cameras, Meyer plans to step up his security even further… and he hopes nearby businesses will do the same.

"We all work hard for what we have and just the fact that people don't respect that is not right,” Meyer said.

West Street Burgers is offering up a reward for any information that may lead to an arrest of the two suspects. If you have any information, call Wichita police.