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A Band of Armed Men Robbed a Taco Restaurant in Long Beach Last Night

They wore ski masks and took cash and cell phones

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Last night a group of five masked, armed robbers struck a taco restaurant called Tacos Mexico in Long Beach, taking cash and cell phones from the business and bystanders, according to ABC News. The men also destroyed any potential surveillance that could’ve implicated them in the crime, though the robbers were also wearing ski masks to conceal their identities.

According to KTLA News, the restaurant had cameras both inside and outside, but were rendered ineffectual because the robbers smashed the computer that contained the footage. After the robbery at Tacos Mexico, police suggested it would be helpful to have a cloud-based system for restaurant surveillance. It’s a scary notion that a place riddled with cameras would still get targeted for its cash and other valuable property. It’s one of the reasons why restaurants are eschewing cash payment in favor of credit.

No one was hurt or injured from the robbery, and police are still on the hunt for the suspects. Anyone who has information can call the Long Beach police department at 562-570-9800.