2 more restaurants hit by serial burglar in Norfolk; Suspect has struck 10 in past week

Norfolk serial burglar believed to be behind Chesapeake robbery

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A serial burglar targeting mainly Chinese restaurants in Norfolk has struck yet again, this time stealing money from two businesses on Little Creek Road, and he may be behind another in Chesapeake. 

Norfolk police say Wednesday morning they responded to both Mayas, a Honduran-Mexican restaurant at 537 East Little Creek Road, and Wan Shung, a Chinese restaurant at 1046 West Little Creek. 

No surveillance video was available in either burglary, but detectives say the suspect used the same method of breaking the front glass to enter. 

The suspect however was caught on camera last week, when he broke into eight businesses in just two days. 

Chesapeake police are also investigating a similar incident at a New China restaurant off Campostella Road. 

Freeman James comes to New China quite frequently. When he learned they were burglarized, he was surprised.

“We just don’t need that in this city. Sometimes kids act like juvenile delinquents and get too carried away. Messing up a person’s business who is trying to make a living here,” said James.

At this time, police do not have a suspect. They say the crime happened between 10 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday.

When police arrived they found the front door glass shattered and an undisclosed amount of money stolen.

Freeman says everyone including other businesses are on edge.

“This is normally a quiet area. I don’t know what they are going to do about that later on, but right now they were cleaning it up the best they can. Everybody is kind of protecting themselves in case something might happen,” he said.

There are surveillance cameras at this location, but there is no footage from that night.

Freeman says the clean-up process was smooth and the police helped get the restaurant back to normal.

“They did a beautiful job, they were here all morning. They cleaned up most of the glass and the guys that owned the place put in a new window in, they filmed everything,” he said.

He says he hopes police can find the people responsible before anyone else gets hit.

When we spoke with Chesapeake Police, they were not clear if the two incidents are related, but they are working with Norfolk police right now to see if there is a connection. We will keep you updated with them latest. 

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