Caught on camera: Crooks break into Phoenix restaurant

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(Source: Courtesy of Gallo Blanco Cafe) (Source: Courtesy of Gallo Blanco Cafe)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

Two crooks got away with hundreds of dollars after breaking into a Valley restaurant.

Gallo Blanco Café, a hip Mexican restaurant in the historic Garfield District near downtown Phoenix, posted the video on social media with hopes someone will recognize them.

In the video, one of the suspects can be seen using what looks like an axe or sledgehammer to pry open the restaurant's front door.

Once inside, executive chef Carlos Diaz said they ran to the back and broke into the safe.

This was around 1:30 a.m. after the restaurant had closed for the night.

"It's sad," said Diaz. "People work hard for what they get and it's not fair."

"That money was for our staff, our servers. It was all their tips from the night before," said Kelsey Denton, the restaurant's general manager.

Back in October, owner Doug Robson told AZ Family there were risks for being the first to open up a restaurant in an up-and-coming area.

Tuesday night's break-in is the second one in a month.

In March, Diaz said two thieves took iPads. They're caught on camera too.

It's not clear if the two cases are connected.

"It's a shame. Things like that are small set backs in businesses like this. It's just a terrible thing that happened," said Denton.

She hopes the crooks are caught soon.

"We don't want other business owners to be affected by the same things we're getting hit with as well," she said.

Phoenix police are investigating.

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Maria HechanovaMaria’s last name is pronounced HETCH-UH-NO-VAH. She joined the 3TV/CBS 5 News team in July 2017, but is no stranger to Arizona.

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Maria Hechanova

Prior to moving to Phoenix, she spent four years in Tucson reporting for KOLD News 13 and KMSB FOX 11 covering wildfires, VA transportation issues, and Southern Arizona's largest school district.

Before that, she worked for WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan where she learned a lot about the auto industry and almost never took off her parka.

Maria also reported in Yuma where she had the incredible opportunity to fly with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and cover countless military homecomings.

She got her start at KPHO in 2008 as a college intern and is happy to be back and working with professionals who helped shape her career.

Shortly after college, Maria landed an internship with the TODAY Show in New York City thanks to the help of the Asian American Journalists Association.

She graduated from Northern Arizona University where she was also a member of the women's swimming and diving team.

Maria grew up in the Valley and went to Ironwood High School in Glendale.

When not reporting the news, she’s hunting for the best carne asada tacos or bowl of pho, swimming laps, or hanging out with her USMC veteran husband and rescued Shih Tzu.

In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you also can find Maria at @MariaHechanovaTV on Instagram.

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