When asked how he felt about a break-in at his restaurant in the early hours of Dec. 7, Kevin Kwong shrugged his shoulders.
Kwong has owned Kan Yon Restaurant for 27 years and has experienced many break-ins and thefts from his restaurant over the years. The theives didn’t make off with much this time, they only took a till with $5 change in it.
The landlord of the building Kan Yon is housed in uploaded surveillance footage of the break-in to a popular local Facebook page. The raw footage shows two people, a male and a female, breaking open the front door of the restaurant. According to Kwong, at around 6:10 a.m. the pair broke open the door then left before returning with a white car which was also captured on surveillance video.
The till which was stolen has since been returned to Kwong by police. He hasn’t heard from police since, and no one from the Hope RCMP could be reached for comment as of press time.
Kwong will have to pay to replace the lock. But it is nothing compared to a theft last year, when he had to replace the glass on the front of his store as well as computers and other items which were stolen.
But even a small cost like a lock replacement isn’t easy to find money for, he said, especially during the low season.
“Of course I’m not very happy. But when it happens, it could happen anywhere,” he said.
“For me, our town is still safe I feel. I’ve been here a long time and I’m really happy with the town here. People are still really honest.”
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