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Owner left fearful after robbery

Fackin Good Foods owner Nara Schuler was able to catch the man who robbed her restaurant on camera. He stole food, iPads, and left the restaurant in a stable of disrepair. Facebook photo)

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

Fackin Good Food at 8 Midtown Dr. saw food and iPads stolen after a recent break-in, according to owner Nara Schuler.

“They tried to break into my neighbour’s backdoor, and they were not able to, and they managed to break into mine,” says Schuler.

She says a recording of the man who broke into the restaurant has been posted to their Facebook page.

When the intruder entered, Schuler says he went to the register to steal money, but there was none there at the time.

“We were closed for a week, and I left nothing there. But he just broke everything, and then he looked around to see if there was anything he wanted,” she explains.

From there, the intruder stole the iPads, and food, according to Schuler.

“He didn’t get a lot because it’s mostly food that we had there,” she says.

She explains she wasn’t even planning on going in when she discovered the break-in, but she had a delivery coming, and needed to make a stop at the restaurant to receive it.

“When I got there, my neighbour was telling me [the intruder] tried to enter their unit, and I said, ‘Oh, I hope they didn’t try ours,’ and then I opened the door and saw everything,” she says.

Otherwise, Schuler says nobody was hurt as the break-in was at midnight, and by the time she saw it at 8 a.m., he was gone.

In the video Schuler shared online, the man appears to be white, bearded, and wearing a light coloured hoodie.

Schuler says the restaurant will open back up on Sunday, July 5, but there’s still more work to be done.

“I just have to do extra work because I had to throw things in the garbage because he left the refrigerators open. So we have to redo a couple of things,” she says.

The point-of-sale system and the iPads need to be replaced, she adds.

The police have told Schuler they have an idea of who the intruder is, and are still investigating. She has given the police access to her restaurants internal cameras.

“I got a call from them yesterday, and they said the guy’s been recognized,” she says.

However, this event took a toll on Schuler, who reiterates the fear this has caused.

While the damage was minimal and should cost between $1,000 and $2,000 to replace and fix everything, Schuler says the incident has left her scared.

“Now, all the time, I’m wondering if there’s something we left there. We obviously put extra locks in the back door… but still, I just don’t know now,” she says. “It’s a small business, it took a long time for us to put it all together.”