Northern Liberties business owner wants more security after recent break-ins

Philadelphia police believe the same suspects are responsible for three of the latest incidents.

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Monday, August 1, 2022
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A business owner in Northern Liberties is hoping for a boost in security. Three storefronts were damaged in the latest incident.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- There are calls for more security after burglars broke into several businesses in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia over the weekend.

Surveillance video shows just how easy it was for the suspects to get inside Baan Thai on North American Street. The video shows one suspect pulling at the door until it opens, then walking in, followed by the second suspect who closes the door behind them.

It's the second time Baan Thai has been targeted.

"It seems like they struck at a time when no one was around. We don't really have too much security," said co-owner Ray Saunders, who is hoping for a boost in patrols in the area.

Glass doors were broken at Baan Thai, pizza shop D'Oliva and popular brunch spot SET No Libs, all within a one-block radius. Since then, all three businesses have boarded up, but that does not give the employees much comfort.

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"We just haven't really been seeing too much security walking around. When we first got here, you could definitely see maybe one or two guys walking around patrolling. Particularly this year, I actually haven't seen anyone patrolling, definitely a concern for us," added Saunders.

Saunders says nothing was stolen at his restaurant this week, but the thieves caused roughly $14,000 worth of damage during a previous break-in.

Police believe the same suspects are responsible for the latest incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.