ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Several restaurants in south St. Louis City have been burglarized within the last two weeks. The burglars targeted specific items and caused costly damage.
“They took all of our cash, we had to replace the computers,” said Brooke Roseberry, owner of Purple Martin. “It's a big expense. It's a huge expense, actually.”
The Purple Martin opened in the Fox Park neighborhood six months ago. On Friday morning, a burglar pried the back door open with a crow bar. The suspect stole an 80 pound safe filled with cash and two tablets.
Two weeks ago, Grove East Provisions in the Tower Grove East neighborhood was broken into twice in the same week. Both times, the burglars threw bricks through the windows, stealing a tablet and a cash drawer. The business opened three months ago.
“It's definitely a huge concern of mine because small businesses are difficult to operate anyways and a set back like a break-in can be devastating for a business,” said Christine Ingrassia, Alderman of the 6th Ward.
Ingrassia said she is working with St. Louis Police to better protect these new businesses. Without getting into much detail, she said police are changing some of their strategies in the area.
“I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping this doesn't happen again,” said Roseberry. “We're beefing up security and putting in more cameras and hopefully doing things that will make it more secure.”