Cheesesteak shop broken into overnight in Bellevue


BELLEVUE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A local cheesesteak shop was anything but brotherly love after a burglar smashed into the window to steal a cash register.

“When they target small businesses it’s just like small businesses, we have it tough already,” Owner Zyhir Baker-Elam said.

Baker-Elam’s shop, It’z a Philly Thing, was already preparing for a busy weekend ahead. But had to close on Thursday to clean up the damage left behind.

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“We would never think something like this would happen to us. So, we just never know. But now it just kind of has you more alert and keeping your head on a swivel,” Baker-Elam said.

The lone suspect broke in through the store window and was caught on camera looking for valuables, escaping with the register. Baker-Elam estimates it’s about $3,000 in damages.

“Stuff like this kind of throw you off, but just have to bounce back and just be strong,” Baker-Elam said.

The young business owner said he only opened his storefront off Highway 70 South last spring. So to have a setback like this is disheartening, but he’s looking forward to getting the business back open.

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