Blazing Bird Burglar Steals $2,000 From Restaurant

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) – A man broke into and took thousands of dollars from a family restaurant in Englewood.

Blazing Bird owner Artem Muradyan said it was not the first time his restaurant had been targeted and it ruffled those working there.

This burglary occurred in several stages in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The owner said he had no more than $2,000. Now it’s back to business as usual, no matter what at this stage of the pandemic.

“It’s been good and hard at the same time, I mean people still don’t come back, don’t feel comfortable coming back, because it was before the pandemic,” Muradyan said.

Muradyan said the burglar came twice within hours on Wednesday, first breaking through the front door safe around 4 a.m., with the restaurant key inside that box. The robber then returned with the key a few hours later.

“You can tell he was here just for the money, and I can tell he was professional,” Muradyan said.

Restaurants are still suffering from the setbacks of the pandemic

The heist came as thousands of small subway businesses grapple with the two-pronged reality of being back to normal and being targeted by thieves.

Denise Mickelsen is the director of communications for the Colorado Restaurant Association and said such crimes have increased since the pandemic began in 2020.

She sent us this statement:

“It has been widely reported in the media that crime has increased in metro Denver since the start of the pandemic, and we have heard anecdotally from restaurant owners that there has been an increase in theft and vandalism. On social media, we’ve seen cases of smashed windows and even the burglary of a Boulder County charity donation site in the wake of the Marshall fire. It is heartbreaking to see any criminal activity targeting restaurants as they are barely back on their feet after two years of pandemic-related operational restrictions. Collectively, the local restaurant industry has lost over $3 billion since March 2020; it will take years to recover. Amid soaring food prices and an ongoing labor shortage, paying for property repairs and addressing crime is the last thing restaurants need right now.

Colorado Restaurant Association

But this new reality hasn’t dampened Muradyan’s faith in second chances.

“There are different ways to make money instead of stealing and taking things that don’t belong to you. It’s not the right way to do it,” he said. “I would forgive him, I would hire him. I believe in second chances.

Muradyan told FOX31 he also suffered damage to two windows since opening six months ago.

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