Cops: Crooks stole thousands in heavy kitchen equipment

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) According to a report from Conway Police a group of criminals stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of kitchen equipment from a Conway restaurant.

The report says it happened at Seafood Shak on Church Street next to the Goodwill store.

Owner Walter Doyle tells WMBF News he showed up to the closed restaurant on Monday to check on things when he noticed someone busted the back door and stole at least a dozen large kitchen appliances.

Police say some of the missing items include a grill, fryers, a stove top, several large refrigerators and cash registers.

Doyle says he closed Seafood Shak in August because tough times made it too hard to survive. Now he says he's out $30,000 because of the missing equipment. He couldn't afford to keep his insurance after the restaurant closed.

Cary Woodle works across the street and he says the crime had to have taken place late at night.

"They couldn't have come and gone without us at least noticing a vehicle. We're here most of the time until 7 to 8 at night," said Woodle.

Doyle says his daughter reported everything was fine at the restaurant last Thursday. He plans to continue to try and sell the place, but is worried if he can't he'll lose his house.

"It looks like I'll lose everything if I don't sell it, but I'll just keep trying to sell it. That's all I can do," said Doyle.

Anyone with information should call Conway Police.

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