Suspect crashes stolen car into Phoenix restaurant

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PHOENIX -- Police are looking for the person who crashed a stolen car into a Phoenix restaurant last month.

Surveillance video shows the car crashing into the Burger Shoppe near 35th Avenue and Thomas Road at approximately 2:30 a.m. on April 18.

Police said the suspect appeared to intentionally drive the vehicle at a high rate of speed into the business.

The video captured the suspect running from the scene. He is described as a male, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a white T-shirt, white shorts and a black beanie.

Silent Witness Sgt. Darren Burch said the restaurant has been the target of several recent arson attempts.

At 3:50 a.m. on Feb. 3, two male suspects made numerous failed attempts to throw gas cans with lighted wicks at the building's roof. A rock was used to break a window and one of the cans was tossed into the dining room area of the restaurant but failed to ignite.

Police do not know if the same suspect(s) were involved in the April crash.

Silent Witness is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information leading to an arrest. Contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or silentwitness.org. Callers can remain anonymous.