Buffet restaurant Chef & Spice left for £14,000 bill after series of break-ins

The owner of a popular buffet restaurant has been left with a huge bill after a series of break-ins.

Syed Rahman, who was awarded the British Empire Medal for helping to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, has seen his restaurant, Chef & Spice, robbed four times in the past six months.

The latest round of famed Indian, Chinese and British restoration yesterday morning saw the total repair bill reach around £8,000.

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On top of that he spent £6,000 on a new CCTV system but failed to stop the crime wave at the restaurant.

He said: “The cost is unbearable. We’re insured, but with the cost of overpayments and the effect it would have on our premiums, it’s not worth claiming.

“With the recent lockdowns, the industry is already suffering.

“The burglaries could have caused the closure of any other restaurant.”

The latest break-in was at 2.50am on Thursday morning when the burglars forced their way through the front door using some metallic object before stealing the cash registers – containing around £150 in cash .

They also left with two tablets and a few bottles of alcohol.

The broken door

Two other doors were also badly damaged as the criminals tried to get inside.

Previous burglaries have also resulted in costly damage to doors and thefts of cash and alcohol from the premises.

Syed, who also owns Cuisine of India in Wigston, said: “There have been no arrests. Every time the police come to take a look, but CCTV footage hasn’t identified anyone until here.”

Over the years, Syed’s two restaurants have helped raise nearly £700,000 for local and national good causes, earning her inclusion in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list in 2020.

A police spokesman said: “Shortly after 3.15am on Thursday a report was received that a restaurant in Hinckley Road had been burgled.

“Officers went to the scene and found on arrival that a quantity of money had been taken from a cash box. Two Samsung tablets and two bottles of alcohol had also been taken.

“Police would like to speak to anyone in the area who witnessed one or more people acting in an unusual or suspicious manner at the time the incident occurred.

“Neighborhood Policing Area (NPA) officers will continue to undertake further proactive foot patrols around Andrewes Estate.

“Anyone with a dash cam or CCTV footage is also asked to contact the police, quoting reference 22*036722.”

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