Croqui Cafe in Brisbane’s inner west has been forced to shut its doors after a security breach by a security guard and a woman who went to the cafe to make sure the door was locked.
The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning (local time).
The cafe’s manager said she was locked in a locked room when the guard asked to come in and see the door.
“He said ‘Can I help you?’
And I said ‘Oh yes, I need to see the lock’,” the manager said.
“And he said ‘You need to open it up, you need to get in’.”
He was banging on the door, banging on it and he said, ‘You’re going to need a key, a key and a lock’.
She was like, ‘OK’, but then she went back and opened the door and the door slammed shut.” “
I was like ‘OK, I’ll get a key from you, it’s only open until 9pm’.
She was like, ‘OK’, but then she went back and opened the door and the door slammed shut.”
The woman, who was wearing a hoodie and jeans, was later arrested and charged with stealing and mischief.
The security guard was also taken to the Brisbane Police Station where he was questioned by detectives.
He said he left the cafe after the incident and never returned.
The cafe owner and security manager said they were unsure if the incident was related to the breach.
“We have no idea what it was that caused it,” she said.
In a statement to the ABC, Croquist Cafe owner Mike Suggs said the incident “left us feeling really bad”.
“We were in a really bad spot at the time and were concerned that we would not be able to sell our cafe and our business,” Mr Sugges said.
He said he was not aware of any other incidents at the cafe in the past 12 months.
Mr Sugg’s cafe is owned by local businesswoman Karen O’Brien.
She said Croquisp Cafe had been in operation for more than 15 years and had always been a family-owned business.
Mrs O’Briens business partner and business partner, Kate O’Connor, said she and her husband had been the first people in their family to work at Croquists cafe.
“We came here a couple of years ago and we’ve been very loyal to it,” Ms O’ Connor said.
“It’s just been a very difficult time.”
Mrs Sugg, who is a member of the Queensland Police Service, said he had been asked to do his best to help with the investigation.
“I’m so sorry it has happened to you, and it’s really unfortunate, and I’m sure you’ll be doing your best,” Mr O’Sugg said.
A police spokesman said it was unclear how long the security breach had been ongoing.
He said the cafe was “open and operational”, but did not provide any further details.
Croquisp Café has had a number of security breaches in the last year.
In February, two men broke into a restaurant on the Gold Coast and stole $1,200 worth of croquis chips before they were arrested.
Two months later, a security camera in a Brisbane shopping centre caught a man smashing a window in the restaurant and fleeing.
More recently, a man went to a restaurant in the CBD and broke a security door and stole more than $2,000 worth of food.
Police have also been known to breach CCTV cameras at nightclubs, bars and cafes.
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