Thieves have targeted food outlets at the south and north ends of Timaru in recent days leaving operators out-of-pocket.
On Tuesday, police confirmed Wetlands Cafe, on King St, was targeted at the weekend, while Organic Thai2Go on Evans St had been targeted overnight on June 25.
While it was reported some cash was taken and police were making initial forensic inquiries at Organic Thai2Go, cash and food items had been reported taken from Wetlands Cafe and police said they were still investigating.
On Tuesday, Wetlands Cafe, co-owners Xuyen Do and Kimmy Do were still in shock.
Kimmy Do said she walked into work on Monday morning to discover the business had been burgled.
About $600 had been taken from the till, she said.
Do then checked the business’ office and discovered a window had been broken and food items taken from a freezer.
“They took chicken, beef, pork and other meat products,” she said.
A computer and hard drive containing CCTV footage was also taken, as well as aprons, towels and paper towels from a linen cupboard, Do said.
Do estimated the burglary had cost the business about $3000.
The business was insured and it would cost about $1000 to make a claim, Do said.
“It is quite sad, this has never happened to us before, I feel terrible.”
Meanwhile, at Organic Thai2Go, staff member Hope Drake said another staff member discovered the break-in when she turned up for work about 4pm on June 26.
CCTV footage showed two people in the shop at 3.46am on June 26.
The rear door to the business was forced open and $217.90 had been taken from the till, Drake said.
She said CCTV footage showed two people and a rottweiler dog with no tail crouched by the till.
She said no other items in the store were missing.