Expensive equipment stolen from ATF vehicle in Detroit

- ATF officials say valuable equipment was stolen from an undercover ATF vehicle parked in Eastern Market on Thursday.

The incident took place around noon. They wouldn't specify what was taken, but say no weapons were stolen.

It happened in parking lot of Sala Thai. Workers busy making lunch didn't see what was happening.

"I guess a couple cars got broken into and then the police actually came in and got the owner of the car, which one of my waitresses and told her that her car got broken into," said Sy Pradithavanij, owner of Sala Thai.

At least three vehicles were robbed, including the waitress's car, which the thieves accessed by pushing a tool through the keyhole. But when they popped the truck, they went for what appeared to be a purse, leaving expensive golf clubs and shoes behind.

"None of that got touched. It was just the one bag that's full of school stuff," Pradithavanij said.

He says the bag was full of nursing school supplies including a catheter and syringes.

The owner says he's not surprised -- his restaurant's parking lot has been plagued by break ins.

He says this is the third time in the last month.

"They wait until no one is paying attention. Or they know when we're busy so nobody's out here," he said.

He's afraid now, business will suffer.

"When people get their car broken into they really don't want to come back to eat because they are thinking that this is unsafe. It hurts us. We are hoping they get caught," he said.

ATF officials say more will be coming out in the next few days. 

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