Multiple kosher restaurants were burglarized over the weekend in Los Angeles, prompting an investigation by the city’s police department.
The incidents occurred on Saturday morning on the 9300-9400 block West Pico Boulevard, in the neighborhood of Pico-Robertson, home to a large Orthodox Jewish population.
🚨 I’m hearing and seeing reports that multiple Jewish (kosher) restaurants in the Pico Robertson area of Los Angeles were smashed and burglarized last night.
It is still Shabbat on the West Coast, and we won’t know too much more until sundown when the community is back… pic.twitter.com/AMq2Q4fGn3
— Sia Kordestani (@SiaKordestani) August 20, 2023
Five restaurants — Nagila Pizza, Fisherman’s Bowl, Shanghai Diamond Garden, SushiKo, and Shalom Grill — were broken into by unidentified intruders wearing dark clothing, with windows broken and several cash registers stolen.
Earlier this year, in February, two visibly-Jewish men were wounded in separate shooting attacks near synagogues in Pico-Robertson by an assailant who prosecutors said was “motivated by hate.”
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had increased its presence and patrols around Jewish houses of worship and neighborhoods in the wake of the shootings.
Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) CEO Sacha Roytman Dratwa said at the time, “Los Angeles and every city in the U.S. need to be vigilant, with law enforcement and municipal leaders working together to prevent violence against the Jewish people.”