The thieves who broke into a Boston burrito restaurant and made off with the safe probably didn’t expect to become YouTube celebrities, but that’s what happened after restaurant owners posted video of the robbery on the social media site.
Shortly after the night shift ended early on the morning of January 28, a trio of burglars entered the Boloco Inspired Burritos restaurant and began attacking the security cameras with a sledge hammer and a crow bar. The restaurant’s owners then decided to post the security footage on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in the hopes that a wider audience would yield better information about the crime.
On Facebook, the company’s management explained their decision to post the video: “We debated about whether to share this or not – traditionally this isn’t something that is ‘shared’… but it’s 2012… and we think everyone needs to see what is happening out there, and work together to reduce and one day eliminate evil people like these three.”
The restaurant is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the thieves, though no arrests have been made so far. On a positive note, the company has already received plenty of tips, one of which they believe will lead to an arrest. Boloco is holding off paying the $1,000 reward until police have a suspect in custody.
The city of Boston experienced 1,926 robberies during 2010, the most recent year data is available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.