Restaurant owner watched helplessly at home as CCTV live-streamed thief raiding hundreds of pounds from the till in his Italian eatery
- The robbery of the Italian restaurant took place at 11.30pm on Sunday night
- Restaurant owner Giovanni Malacrino said he is concerned for staff safety
- His security company informed him of the theft and told him to contact police
A restaurant owner could only watch on as a thief broke into the till at his Italian eatery.
Giovanni Malacrino had just sat down to eat when he was contacted by his security company that someone had broken into his restaurant in Cardiff’s city centre.
He was told by the company to contact the police. However until police responded Mr Malacrino was left feeling ‘helpless’ as he watched the robbery unfold.
CCTV images have been released of a man in connection to a robbery in a Cardiff restaurant
Giovanni Malacrino (pictured) is the restaurant owner and was left feeling ‘helpless’ as he watched the CCTV from his home
In the CCTV footage from the 11.30pm Sunday theft show a man can be seen frantically trying to open the restaurant’s till.
The back door, till and printer were all damaged as a result. A few hundred pounds were taken from the till, as well as tips.
The Italian restaurant owner, who lives half an hour from his place of work, said: ‘It’s not just about the money though, it’s the inconvenience. They made a right mess and I don’t want my staff to feel unsafe.
‘I think he entered with a knife because he came through the back and cut through the lock on the door.’
Police ask anyone with information on the robbery of the Italian restaurant to come forward
Police have released images of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.
A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: ‘A man has broken in through the back door and has taken a large quantity of money from the till. CCTV has captured a suspect.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
Mr Malacrino said while the person responsible has not been caught he remains hopeful they will be caught soon.