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Police seek thief targeting family-owned Olathe restaurants

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Police said the man in the photo appears to be in his 20s or 30s, stands 6' tall and weighs 200 pounds. Police said the man in the photo appears to be in his 20s or 30s, stands 6' tall and weighs 200 pounds.
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

Police are looking for the public's help to nab a thief who is targeting family-owned restaurants.

The City Super Buffet, located at 12225 S. Strang Line Rd., was hit once on Feb. 14 and again April 21.

Mi Ranchito, 14154 W. 119th St., was also robbed on April 21.

Police released still photos Wednesday of the thief caught by a surveillance camera in February.

"We find out 2 in the morning first time," said Jia Chen, assistant manager at City Super Buffet. "Alarm company actually call us."

Chen says the first burglary happened less than a week after the restaurant opened. The same family also owns Rice House in Lenexa and Tonganoxie.

The crook got in by breaking the glass to the front door then took off with hundreds of dollars and, once, the register itself.

"The whole cash register," Chen said. "The whole thing first night. And then the second night, they couldn't move it actually so they just take the drawer."

The second night, there was a similar heist at Mi Ranchito. Police suspect all three burglaries are connected.

"It was pretty scary," said Chen of what his family found after the first break-in.

He said the family chose the location because they thought it would be safe here.

"It's Olathe," said Chen. "We thought it was going to be a nice place."

So far, the burglaries have happened in the overnight hours, but Chen said some of the staff worry about a next time.

"At least make safety for us," he said.

Police said the man in the photo appears to be in his 20s or 30s, stands 6' tall and weighs 200 pounds.

Contact Olathe police at 913-971-6950 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS if you think you can help.

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