As we’ve reported, opportunistic burglary crews following chaos caused by some local mass demonstrations have taken advantage of dwindling police resources and weary business owners to strike – hitting at least two businesses in Orinda hard on Monday night.
Computer Software and Hardware, a small, family-run firm on Orinda Way, had its front door and window shattered by thieves who left with more than a dozen laptops, larger devices and other items sometime Monday night.
Yu Bistro, a Chinese restaurant also located at 1 Orinda Way, was also breached.
The thefts came as a blow to Norman and Morgan Weiss, the father-son team who own the computer store, and who have suffered along with most area businesses after the onset of COVID-19 restrictions.
“This is a huge blow because we have pretty much no computers we can sell and now rely on people to come in for their computer problems,” Morgan said Wednesday.
The owners had thought their relatively out-of-the-way location might help protect them, but say imposition of a curfew order may actually have been an advantage for the thieves.
“There’s no one driving around or parked in the lots so they can do whatever,” Norman Weiss said. “The close proximity to the freeway and to San Pablo Dam Road is also an advantage to thieves.”