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Wrong kind of 'take-out'

Ali Khan Shaik moves a screen placed over a window that was broken during a burglary of his India's Kitchen restaurant Wednesday. It was the second time the restaurant has been hit in as many months. / Bob Pennell — — —

Medford restaurant owner will increase security measures after repeated robberies

Ali Khan Shaik says he successfully operated a restaurant in downtown Memphis for four years without incident.

Though it wasn't in the best part of the city on the Mississippi River, Mayure Indian Cuisine never had a break-in or theft. But Shaik's new restaurant in southeast Medford ' India's Kitchen ' has been broken into twice in as many months.

Shaik became the North Phoenix Road restaurant's third owner on July 17, a week after a burglar busted through a window next to the front door and made off with about &

36;2,000.

Shaik awoke on Wednesday morning to find that a burglar had struck again, this time taking about &

36;270 from a cash box. noon Shaik had arranged to meet with a security company.

Nothing ever happened like this in downtown Memphis, the 32-year-old Shaik said, as customers began arriving for lunch. I'm thinking this is a good neighborhood, but I don't know what happened here.

— He said it cost &

36;260 just for repairmen to put a sheet of plywood in the window space Wednesday morning. The last window repair came to more than &

36;900.

Medford police Lt. Mike Moran called the incident a photo copy of the July 11 theft.

We'll probably pursue that as a likely connection, Moran said. But I don't know why they necessarily picked on India's Kitchen. Apparently, the (burglar) determined there is no alarm, but I don't know if they know that or how they would know that.

Moran said there are no suspects.

Alarm systems and video cameras are a business' prime deterrent to break-ins, he said. Video images have led to arrests of burglars unaware they were being filmed.

Criminals consider places where they won't be easily detected, Moran said, adding cash should be stashed in hard-to-access places.

Shaik notified police on July 31 of another possible break-in attempt after discovering the back-door latch had been covered with what he called a sticker.

Ramandeep Singh, who opened the restaurant in February 2003, said he didn't have the problems that his successor, Gurwinder S. Bajwa, or Shaik have had.

I'm surprised, it never happened to me and I don't know why it's happening, said Singh, who has operated a similar restaurant in Ashland since May. One thing different is that I had an alarm system.

He says it cost him about &

36;30 a month.

We don't have that much cash in the register because 80 percent of our business is on a credit card. We keep maybe &

36;150 in the cash register, it's not like a convenience store.

Wrong kind of ?take-out?"business@mailtribune.com.

Ali Khan Shaik moves a screen placed over a window that was broken during a burglary of his India?s Kitchen restaurant Wednesday. It was the second time the restaurant has been hit in as many months. Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell - Mail Tribune images