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Pho Lavang had a window broken and shortly afterward, Szechuan Kitchen was burglarized.

Two Lake Oswego restaurants on Boones Ferry had windows broken by a rock earlier this week, and one was burglarized.

Pho Lavang at 16120 Boones Ferry Road had a rock thrown through a window after midnight in the early morning hours Dec. 13. Shortly after, there was a burglary at the Szechuan Kitchen located at 15450 Boones Ferry Road.

While Sgt. Tom Harper of the Lake Oswego Police Department said money was stolen from Szechuan Kitchen, he wouldn't disclose the amount.

Police said Pho Lavang declined to file a police report, but Teresa Pham created a GoFundMe to raise $1,000 to fix the window of her mom's restaurant.

"The man was trying to rob us by breaking into the restaurant, but failed. Luckily, we were prepping early in the kitchen and screamed at him, which caused him to run off," read the GoFundMe page. "We didn't know if this was a racial attack until the police told us that this man also robbed $6,000 from a local Chinese restaurant near us. 2021 is almost ending and I am disheartened to know that hate crimes are still happening towards the Asian community."

Harper said there is no evidence at this time to suggest why the two restaurants were targeted.

"We didn't tell them that and we have no evidence to suggest these are racially motivated incidents," Harper said. "We're open to the idea that they could be connected, but there's nothing at this point that concretely connects the two incidents."

The investigation is still open.

The Review reached out for comment from the two restaurants but was unsuccessful.


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