4 South Philly Restaurants Robbed Overnight

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    Four robberies were committed on South Philly businesses.

    FUEL, a restaurant in a hip South Philadelphia neighborhood known as East Passyunk, was just one of four restaurants hit in a rash of break-ins overnight.

    "Our manager came in and when he came in, he saw that our lock was smashed in," said FUEL owner Rocco Cima. "When he came into the store, he saw that the register was gone."

    Surveillance video shows a man lurking outside the restaurant at 1917 E. Passyunk Ave., around 1:30 a.m. The same man is then seen running inside the store, straight to the cash register. He stole the entire thing. Police say the suspect was in -- and out -- of the restaurant in less than a minute.

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    NBC10's Christine Maddela reports from South Philadelphia on a number of local restaurants who were robbed overnight. Evidence from the thefts continued to be found Tuesday morning right around the corner.

    From FUEL, the brazen robber got away with about $150 in cash, according to police. But FUEL wasn't the only business hit.

    Three others on the same street, including Adobe Cafe and Le Virtu, were also robbed overnight. Police say that in all four cases, the registers were taken.

    They were found empty Tuesday morning by a parking authority employee two blocks away.

    Authorities are reviewing the surveillance video from FUEL. They say that Monday night's break-ins are in addition to at least two more in the area over the last few weeks.

    "...Just go get a job," said Cima. "Get a job and stop harassing the people that actually work hard."