Burglar goes through roof to break into Ahwatukee restaurant

Posted: Updated:
A burglar got into an Ahwatukee restaurant by going through the roof. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A burglar got into an Ahwatukee restaurant by going through the roof. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The crook climbed down a narrow air conditioning vent, then crashed through the ceiling tiles and got to work. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The crook climbed down a narrow air conditioning vent, then crashed through the ceiling tiles and got to work. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The thief then went through the employee bathroom wall to get to the Verizon store next door. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The thief then went through the employee bathroom wall to get to the Verizon store next door. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Verizon store's alarm sent the thief running. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Verizon store's alarm sent the thief running. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
AHWATUKEE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Mission: Impossible-style break-in has left the owners of a family restaurant in Ahwatukee stunned.

"When we later found out how they actually get access to the property, we were so surprised because we've never heard of someone coming in that way," said Brandon Tjhang.

His family owns Arroy Thai at Ray Road and 48th Street in Ahwatukee. He says it wasn't until they walked inside the restaurant Tuesday morning that they pieced it all together.

"Apparently, they actually climbed the roof and then opened the AC unit and slide off the vent," he said.

The crook climbed down a narrow air conditioning vent, then crashed through the ceiling tiles and got to work, stealing money from the registers, an iPad and some tools.

After clearing out the front of the place, the burglar made their way into the kitchen where it appears they tried to get into the business next door, a Verizon Wireless store, by once again going through the roof.

Tjhang thinks that must have proved to be too much trouble though because it appears they found another way in and that was through the employee bathroom wall.

"After they rip up the whole thing here, they went to Verizon and I don't know what actually they're missing over there," said Tjhang.

That tripped the Verizon store's alarm and sent the thief running but they may have been caught on Verizon's security cameras.

Phoenix police are investigating.

Tjhang doesn't have cameras but he plans to add them in the near future.

The restaurant meantime has been closed since Tuesday. All told they will be out several thousand dollars but Tjhang is hoping they can get everything cleaned up and fixed in time to reopen on Friday.

Click/tap here to download the free azfamily mobile app.

Copyright 2017 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


Amanda GoodmanAmanda Goodman joined Arizona’s Family in May 2014.

Click to learn more about Amanda.

Amanda Goodman

The Yuma native and ASU Walter Cronkite School graduate is delighted to be back home in Arizona.

Goodman started her career in St. George, Utah, working at an independent station. While there, she was able to do a little bit of everything from reporting to anchoring to shooting her own video and even producing.

From there, she headed east to West Virginia, working at the No. 1 station in the Huntington, Charleston market, WSAZ-TV.

Before returning to Arizona, Goodman spent the past three years at KRQE-TV in Albuquerque. During her time there, she covered many high-profile, stories including the murder trial of a former Albuquerque police officer, the Las Conchas wildfire that threatened Los Alamos National Lab, and the massive Wallow Fire that made its way into New Mexico from Arizona.

When she’s not reporting and tweeting, Goodman spends a lot of her free time hanging out with family and friends.

She also loves to travel and has been to four, soon to be five, continents.

Goodman is so excited to be back home and can’t wait to share some of your stories.

Hide bio

  • Featured VideoMore>>

  • Thursday @ 9 p.m. on 3TV: HOA speeding ticket

    Thursday @ 9 p.m. on 3TV: HOA speeding ticket

    A Valley homeowner says his HOA sent him a notice for going 2 miles an hour over the speed limit. The HOA says he will get a fine if he does it again. Does an HOA have that power? See what 3 On Your Side found out -- Thursday at 9 p.m. on 3TV.

    More >

    A Valley homeowner says his HOA sent him a notice for going 2 miles an hour over the speed limit. The HOA says he will get a fine if he does it again. Does an HOA have that power? See what 3 On Your Side found out -- Thursday at 9 p.m. on 3TV.

    More >
  • Field Trip Monday: Solar Eclipse Edition

    Field Trip Monday: Solar Eclipse Edition

    "Good Morning, Arizona!" is "geeking out" over the solar eclipse with a "Field Trip Monday" powered by Sanderson Ford. We'll have live coverage from Flagstaff to Tucson and across the Valley as the event unfolds. Be sure to stay with 3TV for special coverage from 10 a.m. to noon. as the eclipse makes its way across Arizona. It's the "Good Morning, Arizona!" solar eclipse event live from 4:30 a.m. to noon only on 3TV.

    More >

    "Good Morning, Arizona!" is "geeking out" over the solar eclipse with a "Field Trip Monday" powered by Sanderson Ford. We'll have live coverage from Flagstaff to Tucson and across the Valley as the event unfolds. Be sure to stay with 3TV for special coverage from 10 a.m. to noon. as the eclipse makes its way across Arizona. It's the "Good Morning, Arizona!" solar eclipse event live from 4:30 a.m. to noon only on 3TV.

    More >
  • Bee attack in Scottsdale sparks mountain rescue

    Bee attack in Scottsdale sparks mountain rescue

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:08 AM EDT2017-08-17 12:08:04 GMT
    One man had to be rescued after being stung by bees. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)One man had to be rescued after being stung by bees. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Fire crews rescued a person off a mountain in Scottsdale after bees attacked two people on Wednesday night.

    More >

    Fire crews rescued a person off a mountain in Scottsdale after bees attacked two people on Wednesday night.

    More >