Great Bridge restaurants targeted by thieves in recent weeks

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The owner of several restaurants in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake says he has been hit twice in recent weeks by thieves.

Dustin Hughes owns Lockside Bar and Grill as well as Vino Italian Bistro, both on Battlefield Boulevard.

Saturday night, about 30 minutes after the last person left Lockside for the night, two men can be seen on surveillance video stealing a mounted television from a back deck on the water.

The men, at least one of who was wearing gloves and had a screwdriver, can both be seen on surveillance video from the restaurant.

"This is a good area and we don’t want it to continue. Next week it could be someone’s house that they are breaking into or your car that someone’s stealing your wallet out of," Manager Sam Murrah told News 3's Todd Corillo Monday.

In late December, someone broke into Vino and stole the cash register.

"The whole thing, from the time they entered to the time they left, was 42 seconds. So it seemed like they knew exactly what they were coming for and where it was and how to get to it," Executive Chef and General Manager Joshua Rogers commented.

It's unknown if the two incidents are connected and Chesapeake Police say they are still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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