Restaurant forced to shut down after multiple burglaries

Posted at: 01/06/2013 11:17 PM
Updated at: 01/07/2013 8:57 AM
By: Joangel Concepcion

A Rochester couple is forced to shut down their brand new restaurant for days after burglars made off with thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment.

It happened early Saturday morning at the Parma Johnny's Italian Bar and Grill off of Lyell Avenue.

According to the owners this isn't the first time they have been burglarized.

Lori and John Cueva relocated their restaurant because their clientele felt unsafe in the previous location. They wanted a fresh start.

They've been anticipating the grand opening for months. The restaurant finally opened last Wednesday, but days later they were victims of what they are calling a string of burglaries on Lyell Avenue.

“It's been our life dream. We took our life savings and this is what we wanted to do,” said Lori.

When the Cuevas opened up their family restaurant they never imagined they would be burglarized twice within a month.

“Angry, very angry, but obviously there was nothing I could do at that point,” said John.

The Cuevas say thieves broke into the restaurant in early December and took several bottles of liquor. They immediately installed a security system and a stronger door.

But then, it happened again.

This time the burglars made off with $15,000 worth of computer equipment.

“I came in and it was a horrible feeling, horrible feeling knowing that people had trespassed into your building, stole from you, touched your personal things. This is my second home,” said Lori.

The burglaries have left these business owners feeling confused and violated.

Their big dream of opening up their own restaurant has turned into a real life nightmare.

“As a cancer survivor and going through major, major cancer, this experience, opening a business in Rochester, worse,” said Lori.

The restaurant was forced to close Saturday and Sunday. It will re-open again on Monday.

The Cuevas say they will push forward. They are confident they will find whoever broke in.

“The next time might not turn out the same way it did last time,” said John. “Rochester, as a whole, I think it's a good city. There's just a few bad apples, but I think you get that anywhere.”

News10NBC spoke with the Rochester Police Department on Sunday and they say they have not noticed a pattern in that area and they are still investigating the burglaries.

The Cuevas are taking matters into their own hands. They are offering a $1,000 reward for any information that may lead to an arrest.

If you have any information about who may be responsible for these robberies you are urged to call Rochester Police.