JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Almost $23,000 worth of restaurant furniture and equipment was stolen from a vacant restaurant at 7707 Arlington Expressway on Tuesday.
The restaurant's owner, Araron Hill, told police he was trying to lease the building at 7707 Arlington Expressway, which still had restaurant equipment still inside, according to a JSO police report.
Hill was showing the property to several people who were interested in leasing it. He asked Tony Pascal, a close friend, to refer a good candidate, police said.
Pascal referred Malik Kadiff. The owner met with Kadiff and gave him the keys to the building on October 9.
Kadiff told Hill that he was interested in leasing the space from him but was having trouble coming up with the money.
Hill returned to the property on October 16 and no items were missing. But that changed when he returned to the building Tuesday.
A business card from Watson's Demo and Salvage Service was found at the front of the building. Police called Waymond Watson, the owner of the demolition and salvage company. He informed police that Pascal had inquired about opening a new restaurant at the location.
Watson told police he did a walk through but didn't remove anything from the space.
When police attempted to contact Kadiff his phone number was no longer working.
Police said the investigation is currently suspended and no arrests have been made.
First Coast News