Safe-Cracking Thief Steals $1,400 Cash and Checks from Restaurant: Police

By Mathew Katz on July 14, 2014 9:33am 

 Police said this man snuck into Obao Restaurant and took cash and payroll checks from the manager's office.
Police said this man snuck into Obao Restaurant and took cash and payroll checks from the manager's office.
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HELL'S KITCHEN — A burglar snuck into Hell's Kitchen's Obao Restaurant early Saturday morning and swiped payroll checks and $1,400 in cash from a safe in the manager's office, police said.

According to police, the man entered the Southeast Asian eatery at 647 Ninth Ave. at about 5 a.m. and took the cash and checks.

Police described the suspect as a 30- to 40-year-old man who is about 5 foot 10 and weighs about 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a baseball hat and sneakers, police said.

Obao serves a mix of Vietnamese and Thai specialties and has two other locations, in Midtown East and the Financial District.

The restaurant could not immediately be reached for comment.

Anyone with information asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

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