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Thieves target popular Beaumont Taco Shop
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
A longtime business owner was up early on this New Year's Eve.
The owner of "Tacos La Bamba" wasn't getting ready to celebrate, he was cleaning up after thieves broke into his Beaumont restaurant.
They stole lottery tickets and cash.
The owner vows not to let the criminals ruin his new year.
It's lunch hour at Tacos La Bamba, a taco shop some say is Beaumont's best kept secret.
"I tell people we've already survived two hurricanes and a construction that we had here so we're hanging in there so something like this, not going to intimidate us," Carlos Ziga, the owner says.
Ziga, didn't want to be on camera, but told us his shop had some unwanted guests early on New Years Eve.
"They broke in, broke a window, stole a couple of lottery tickets, petty cash," Ziga says.
This surveillance video shows thieves breaking a large front window at around two Tuesday morning.
Glass was everywhere.
"We just had one recently two weeks ago where they actually took a TV so it's not a good way to end the year," Ziga said.
The windows are boarded up with plywood now, but Ziga, says he's not going to let this break in stop him from running his business.
"We're not going to be intimidated, it is what it is, we're going to keep operating as usual and I just hope they catch these people," Ziga says.
He doesn't know yet if both break-ins are related, but in his 16 years here, he's says it's the most crime they've seen.
"Weird, I mean we've been here for so long, we you know, kind of laugh about it, say we're breaking record but you know it's kind of frustrating, just trying to see the lighter side of it," Ziga said.
But, this owner has a serious message for the thieves as they begin a new year.
"I come from a very struggling background so there's always something to do, clean some cars, there's always a job, something cut lawns, or something , maybe not pays the best, but it gets you through. Better than nothing and better stay out of trouble," Ziga said.
The owner says he was notified by the Texas Lottery that someone tried to cash one of the stolen tickets.
If you have information that could help investigators, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 833-tips.