High-end booze stolen in ByWard Market restaurant break-in

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Blair Crawford Stills from security cameras show of a burglary suspect who allegedly broke into Fatboys Southern Smokehouse on Murray Street at about 11 p.m. on Good Friday. Photos supplied by Shawn Dawson. jpg

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After a thief smashed into his ByWard Market restaurant and made off with all he could carry in beer and high-end booze, Shawn Dawson says business owners like him are relying on their neighbours to be their eyes and ears during the pandemic.

“The police have been awesome, but there’s only so much they can do,” said Dawson, owner of Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, which was broken into on Good Friday. “The trick is the neighbourhood has to take some responsibility and keep an eye out for us and the businesses they support and love. The ByWard Market businesses need the residents of the ByWard Market to step up. It’s too easy to say the police should be everywhere but they can’t.”

Fatboys has been closed since Ontario declared a pandemic emergency and its slow, 12-hour smoking process doesn’t lend itself to staying open just for takeout orders.

Security camera footage shows two men came to the restaurant at about 10:40 p.m., and while one stood watch outside, the other smashed a pane in the garage door leading to the restaurant patio. The thieves then retreated to wait to see if an alarm went off, and when it didn’t, one crept inside. He first tried…

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