Several businesses in San Jose’s Vietnam Town targeted in break-ins


SAN JOSE (KRON) — For the second time in two weeks, a contractor is boarding up the windows at the popular Tea Lyfe tea shop in the heart of Vietnam Town in San Jose.

The expensive glass doors were shattered, sending shards of glass into everything, says a very frustrated owner Candy Gomez-Bui.

“I don’t feel safe because it’s the second time, because criminals think they can come back again and hit my store, not just the first time, but a second time,” she said.

Surveillance video from the tea shop shows a car pulling about about 5:30 a.m.

While one person stays in the car, the other uses a tool to smash the glass doors and then hunts about the shop looking for valuables, making off with some computer tablets.

“They’re usually after petty cash,” Gomez-Bui said. “We keep very little to know cash, and after our last break-in, we don’t even keep the register cash in the front.”

Two other businesses, the Banh Quon Saigon Restaurant and L’Amour Fashion dress shop, were also hit.

A lone security guard patrols during the day but that is about to change, according to management.

“That’s what we’re hoping for, we’re working with the HOA association to beef up security up to 24-hours,” said Hai Dang, with shopping center management.

Several of the break-ins have occurred between 4 and 6 a.m., suggesting to some that the same crew is coming back again and again.

The surveillance video, which is now in the hands of police, shows only a suspect in a hoodie.

He was inside for less than two minutes.

“I’m beyond frustrated, I really want help from the police department [and] security patrolling the area when we really need it ” said Gomez-Bui. 

Fortunately, there was no cash in the shop says the owner.

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