Customers were turned away from a popular Williamsville restaurant Friday after vandals stole hundreds of feet of copper power lines off the building overnight forcing them to close. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on the theft that left Bill Gray's in the dark and the mistake that could lead to their arrest.
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — Rick Brewer spent Friday turning away hungry Bill Gray’s customers due to an overnight power outage, and the reason the lights are out used to lie within a few broken pipes.
"Our alarm company called me and actually came into work early to see why the store didn't have power only to see the power lines had been stolen off the building," Brewer explained.
As it turns out, the district manager said about 600 feet of copper wires stretching from one end of the building to the other were loaded onto a truck by someone overnight, cutting power to the restaurant and putting the ingredients that go into making Bill Gray's world famous cheeseburgers at risk..
"I'm definitely upset about it,” assistant manager John Cassenti said. “I mean there's a lot of business we're going to be losing today."
Brewer said the thieves cut through the inch-thick copper power lines sometime between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Friday, and to make sure they didn't get caught, they managed to cut all the security cameras at the surrounding plaza, except for one.
"On a busy Friday, coming towards the end of year when we're trying to perform and do our best, it definitely hurts," Brewer said. “We're going take some loss on the goods that suffered from not having power refrigeration overnight."
Though hopefully not all of it. A refrigerated truck was brought in, in the hopes of salvaging some of the food.
In the meantime, evening employees were called off as Brewer waits for the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
"We definitely want to see customers come out to Bill Gray's, home of the world's greatest cheeseburger."
Brewer estimates the damage to be in the thousands of dollars. He plans to re-open after power is restored Saturday.