Curry in a Hurry hit by van thief, restaurant burglar just days apart

The van has since been seen driving around the city with new paint.
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A Minneapolis Bengali restaurant was hit by thieves twice over the course of just a couple of days.

Curry in a Hurry, located at 3025 E Franklin Ave., said Saturday afternoon its catering van had been stolen from the Morris Park neighborhood. Owner Ruhel Islam had left the keys in it briefly to make a delivery, according to a Facebook post, and an observant thief made a mad dash. 

Islam raced the suspect to the vehicle, but couldn't get there in time, and the van thief drove off.

Curry in a Hurry's van.

Curry in a Hurry's van.

Two days later, the Curry in a Hurry restaurant on Franklin Avenue was burglarized. Someone broke in and "got away with everything in our register," Curry in a Hurry said. The restaurant lost about $500 in the incident.

Not only is the suspect still at large, but the Curry in a Hurry van is still being driven around the city.

Hillary Oppman, who works at the Seward Civic and Commerce Association, said on Facebook the van was spotted twice Tuesday night, most recently around 10:15 p.m. near East Lake Street and 38th Avenue. The license plate (068 TWU) was unchanged, but the restaurant's logos have been covered with black squares of paint.

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Islam made headlines last year when his previous restaurant, Gandhi Mahal, burned down during the civil unrest following George Floyd's murder.

"Let my building burn, justice needs to be served, put those officers in jail," his daughter quoted him as saying as he watched the destruction unfold. He went on to open Curry in a Hurry in the fall, which was planned as a temporary location, but now features a custom mural and patio.

"The Universe has thrown us a few curveballs this week," Curry in a Hurry posted to Facebook Tuesday night, "and we couldn’t be more grateful for our supportive neighbors," 

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