Local Restaurant Owner Says Food, Collection Jar Stolen Over the Weekend

Owner of the Chili Dog Cafe in Southwest Lubbock says someone broke in over the weekend and not only took food, but also a jar of change that was being collected for leukemia patients.
By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- Owner of the Chili Dog Cafe in Southwest Lubbock says someone broke in over the weekend and not only took food, but also a jar of change that was being collected for leukemia patients.

In total, owner Kevin Jones said about $2,500 was taken in total, between cash, food, and items. The police report lists cases of franks, hamburgers, and bacon were all taken, as well as an i-Pad and a laptop "Five cases of our franks, 3/4's of a case of patties, 15 dozen eggs, ten pounds of bacon," Jones said were included in the items stolen.

The other notable item taken from the shop: the jar of change on the front counter, which was going to be donated to a fund for leukemia patients.

"The leukemia fund from the front counter, it was just $10.50, but it's going to kids that have cancer, it's just pretty sad, you know, whenever someone stealing, and then additionally you've gotta take the $10.50 that's going to kids with cancer. It's ridiculous," Jones said.

Eventually, Jones said another collection jar will be put out. "You can't just quit helping people out because then you're no better than them," Jones said.

Because food was taken, Jones said his business was also hurt over the weekend, as his food vendors were closed.

"Being a small business, there's not a whole lot coming in, so when something like that happens, yeah, it's going to be a bad month for us because of this," Jones said.

He said the store was broken into again Tuesday night, although nothing was taken, but there was some additional damage that was done.

Wednesday afternoon, a security system company came in to install an alarm as well as cameras inside, so Jones will be able to provide police with more information if this ever happens again.
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