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Two Fairbanks restaurants report break-ins

Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 5:10 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Around 1:50 a.m. Thanksgiving day, Spice It Up, a restaurant in the Riverview neighborhood of Fairbanks, was broken into.

Spice It Up owner Tariq Khan said cash was stolen from the restaurant, as well as employees’ tips.

“I was a little, you know, surprised, because I didn’t expect that to happen. I’m a mentally strong person, but it’s just, you know, sickening when you see someone on camera breaking in your privacy, your personal stuff, and going through it and stealing it,” Khan said.

At 1:40 a.m. Friday, Fenders Restaurant near South Cushman St. was broken into through a window.

According to Fenders’ owner, Corey Boyd, items stolen included liquor, a guitar and amplifier, and cash from the safe.

The perpetrators tried to break into the ATM as well, but were unsuccessful.

Boyd said, “Anytime anybody gets robbed it’s just, it’s a shame.”

But Khan provided words of assurance following the break-in, saying, “This community is a strong community. They have backed me up since the beginning, since I opened up as a food truck -- and the response I’ve gotten from the community is even stronger than before, now.”

Both incidents were captured on video by security cameras, and have been reported to the police. Both restaurants intend to reopen as soon as possible.

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