RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Thieves take a unique approach to break into two west end restaurants in Henrico County.
The burglars took time to delicately remove entire glass door panes in order to get inside those restaurants and steal.
"The seals everything was laid out in a nice pile right there," said Trip Gray, manager of Shackleford's.
Shackleford's is one of the businesses hit. Once inside the criminals went to work.
"They even took the pennies out of the register and they walked out with the entire safe everything was in it," said Gray.
It happened Wednesday morning just before four o'clock -- 10,400 block of Ridgefield Parkway. An audio alarm tipped off police to the crime.
"Once they went after the register and started to try and pry it open they made enough noise to dispatch the alarm," said Gray.
A similar situation one door down -- on the same day and around the same time. The manager of Ichiban, Suyun Wang, says she was floored to find out her place had been burglarized.
"I think it was professional people because the whole glass door was out - they didn't break anything," said Wang.
The criminals took the register, a camera, tip jar and several bottles of wine. Wang now plans on investing in a security system.
"Something like an alarm -- some security something like that," said Wang.
In both cases the managers say at least they didn't have to pay for a new glass -- only payment to reinstall the one the thieves took out.
"In the grand scheme of things it's better than a smash and grab," said Gray.
If you have any information on either crime, contact Henrico County Police.