Gun and money stolen from Okemos restaurant

Owner voices concern about break-in
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 3:00 PM EDT
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OKEMOS, Mich. (WILX) - A Mid-Michigan restaurant was forced to close this weekend after a break-in.

The owner of 102 Pho and Banh Mi - Vietnamese Noodle Soup and Sandwiches, who got it on video, says the suspect stole money and a gun.

Owner Bruce Le says the break-in happened around 3 a.m. Saturday. He came to work at 10 a.m. and found his office destroyed. The cash register and safe were also stolen.

“I thought just when we were out of the woods with the whole global pandemic, we survived it, I think. Now with this, it’s just another stressor upon us,” said Le.

Le immediately reported the break-in to Meridian Township Police.

“They trashed the entire office. They took some personal belongings. Most importantly, they took my firearm,” he said.

Le has a biometric safe in his office where he keeps a gun for protection. Since the suspect couldn’t open it, the person took the entire safe which is what concerns Le the most.

“Keep all my belongings. Keep all the cash. You can pry it open, but please don’t use the firearm to harm others,” he said.

102 Pho and Banh Mi - Vietnamese Noodle Soup and Sandwiches was closed Saturday and Sunday. Le ordered a new cash register that he’s hoping arrive before the restaurant reopens on Wednesday.

“We’ve been here for two years and never thought this would happen and here we are... Expect the unexpected in life and move on,” he said.

Le says the suspect also took a briefcase with important documents in it. He’s asking the person to please return the paperwork.

So far, a suspect has not been named. Anyone with information is asked to call Captain Rick Grillo with Meridian Township Police at 517-893-4800.

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