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More former workers charged with breaking into closed restaurant

Posted October 29, 2008

— Two more people are facing charges in connection with a burglary of an upscale Raleigh restaurant.

Prime Only Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 505 W. Jones St., closed unexpectedly earlier this month.

Tuesday, authorities charged Samuel Bradford and Yannay Gur with breaking into the restaurant and stealing items. The men worked at the restaurant before it shut down, police say.

Another former worker, Dennis Carter, was arrested and charged Monday with breaking and entering.

The state Department of Labor has been investigating complaints from six former employees about bounced paychecks and unpaid wages.

A lawyer for the majority owner of the corporation that owns the restaurant business, Richard Bryant, told WRAL News that the bad economy forced the restaurant to shut down and that there was no money left. The restaurant did not own the property in the Powerhouse Square complex.


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  • tiblet Oct 29, 2008

    "the Dark Knight" is not reality.

  • foetine Oct 29, 2008

    Why? Cause this business gnaws at you. Bryant isn't worried about making his rent check. These are desperate times for people. At some point you give up on the law and lay down your own brand of justice. we applaud this action in the theater when Batman pulls it off in "The Dark Knight."

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Oct 29, 2008

    Two wrongs don't make a right.

    I worked for a company which went bankrupt, and I lost 2 months for 401k deposits because the company never gave these deposits to the 401k company (Principal Finance). When I called Principal, they said they could not do anything until the deposits were received from my employer. I pursued legal action, but to no avail. I was the lucky one since I moved to another company since I basically saw the handwriting on the wall early. Others who decided to stay lost almost 2 months of pay, and the now-bankrupt company did nothing to help these employees.

  • LaLa-Land Oct 29, 2008

    Years ago when my children were babies, my husband's paycheck bounced a few times, and I can tell you there is nothing more frustrating than trying to feed a family and pay bills and not knowing if the paycheck was any good. Under NO circumstance would we have broken the law over this. We toughed it out and he eventually found other work.

    I felt sorry for these people who had worked at this place and didn't get their pay, but not now. There are other ways to get things done, but breaking into the restaurant was not the way to do it. It shows their true character and that they are no better than the owners.

  • twc Oct 29, 2008

    I hope they get a judge who will be made aware of who the real thief is--the owner that cheated them out of their earned pay!!

  • fyiarp Oct 29, 2008

    Probably looking for restaurant equipment in lieu of wages...

  • kbo0801 Oct 29, 2008

    What exactly were they looking for? It is sad that the business had to close but, I am sure that the owner knew he was closing and he should have let his employees know in advance so that they could look for something else and so the owner would not be in more debt. I am sure that he got his money.

  • ignc73 Oct 29, 2008

    CrewMax: Good idea.

  • CrewMax Oct 29, 2008

    Having worked at a company long ago where the employees raced to the bank because somebody's check would always bounce while my wife worked at a place that went out of the business and she lost two weeks wages - I feel for these folks. But, you can't break the law. The legislature should pass a law that would require employees to be the first in line at the assets of a closing company. But, that would be doing the constituents a
    service, wouldn't it?

  • valentine girl Oct 29, 2008

    Mr. Bryant has the resources. It is shameful that he has let down those employees. Their salaries are "peanuts" when compared to his wealth, and those monies meant a lot more to them in the grand scale of life. He needs to do the right thing and pay his labor expenses.