Shawarma Land, a small business in West Houston on Westheimer, opens and is burglarized hours after closing on its first day of business.

On the evening of Shawarma Land’s grand opening, a thief broke into the small local business in west Houston and made off with over $1,000. The Houston Police Department reported on the incident, which occurred just hours after the restaurant had opened its doors to the public.

The owners of Shawarma Land on Westheimer shared that the thief caused damage to their property as they fled through the back door, leaving behind broken glass. Owner Mohammad Assaad was shocked by the incident but remained resilient and optimistic about his business.

Assaad had spent extensive time perfecting recipes and renovating the space for Shawarma Land’s opening, making it a long-held dream come true. Despite the setback of the break-in, he remains committed to serving delicious shawarma to customers in the bustling area.

The neighborhood where Shawarma Land is located has seen a high number of burglaries in recent years, according to ABC13 Neighborhood Safety Tracker. However, Assaad chose this location for its diverse customer base and believes it will be a great fit for his business.

Houston police are actively investigating the burglary at Shawarma Land, but no arrests have been made yet. For updates on this story, follow Alex Bozarjian on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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