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Georgia man found guilty of terrorizing Asian restaurant owners, employees in home break-ins

  • Emmanuel Rakestraw was convicted of breaking into and robbing the homes of several Asian restaurant owners and employees in Georgia’s Gwinnett and DeKalb counties between March 2019 and June 2019.
  • Rakestraw, who reportedly worked with at least three others, followed the victims from their businesses to their homes, where children as young as 2 were present.
  • In one incident, Rakestraw allegedly pistol-whipped a victim and stole his wallet, which contained his ID, credit cards and more than $1,200 in cash.
  • Rakestraw, whose trial began earlier this month, was found guilty of two counts of home invasion, three counts of burglary, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault.
  • A sentencing date has not been scheduled yet.

A Georgia man has been convicted of breaking into and robbing several Asian restaurant owners and employees’ homes in 2019, including a residence with a 2-year-old child.

Emmanuel Rakestraw, who reportedly worked with at least three others, carried out the attacks between March 2019 and June 2019. The group trailed victims from their businesses to their homes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

Oklahoma man dubbed the ‘Pokémon Prowler’ charged for stealing $12,000 in Pokémon cards in Missouri

  • Nicholas Garrison, 24, has been charged with three felonies in Missouri in connection with a burglary at Yeti Gaming in Crestwood on Oct. 10, 2021.
  • Garrison, who is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, allegedly broke into the gaming store and stole up to 270 Pokémon cards amounting to $12,250.
  • A DNA analysis of blood found in the store led authorities to Garrison, who they found in a McPherson, Kansas, jail.
  • The “Pokémon Prowler” is facing second-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more and first-degree property damage. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

An Oklahoma man has been charged with three felonies after allegedly breaking into a local gaming store and stealing thousands of dollars in Pokémon cards from a Missouri gaming store last year.

Nicholas Garrison, 24, is accused of forcing his way into Yeti Gaming in the 8900 block of Watson Road, Crestwood, on the night of Oct. 10, 2021. Police reportedly found evidence in his phone showing searches for “Missouri directions,” “card stores near me” and “Yeti Gaming.”

‘We are under siege’: 2 businesses owned by Asian family ransacked in latest Oakland burglary

In the latest string of burglaries in Oakland, California, two businesses owned by an Asian family were ransacked on Wednesday.

Robert Ma, one of the owners of Woody’s Laundromat & Cafe, received a phone call at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday about burglaries at the side-by-side businesses that his family has been operating for over three decades.

Slow police response time blamed after 7 businesses in Oakland’s Little Saigon burglarized in under 2 hours

  • Burglars in California ransacked seven businesses at a strip mall in Oakland’s Little Saigon neighborhood on Monday.
  • The burglars entered through the roofs of three businesses and shattered windows and popped the locks of four other businesses.
  • Oakland police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said the break-ins happened around 4 a.m. The burglars had already fled the scene by the time police arrived at 7:15 a.m.
  • Some business owners blamed the Oakland police for taking too long to respond to the scene.
  • City Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas pointed to Oakland Chinatown Improvement’s $110,000 city funding that was recently approved for safety improvements in Little Saigon to reduce crime in the area.
  • No arrests relating to the strip mall’s burglary have been made.

Burglars in California ransacked multiple businesses at a strip mall in Oakland’s Little Saigon neighborhood before dawn. 

Seven business owners at the International Plaza on East 9th Avenue and International Boulevard woke up to discover their stores raided on Monday.

Burglars wanted for targeting Asian business owners, workers in New Jersey

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  • Police in New Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township are looking for three individuals who allegedly burglarized a home of an Asian business owner last month.
  • The incident is the latest in a string of cases targeting Asian business owners or employees in the Atlantic County area.
  • Police are yet to determine whether the same group of suspects is responsible for the other burglaries.

Police in New Jersey’s Egg Harbor Township have released surveillance images of individuals who allegedly broke into the residence of an Asian business owner last month — a case they say is part of an increasing pattern targeting the same victims.

“They target the residences of those either employees or business owners,” Detective Michael Santoro said, according to WPVI.

Duo charged with targeting 27 Asian American homes in 4-month-long San Francisco burglary spree

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  • Steve Levy and Deshawn White have been arrested and charged in connection with at least 28 burglaries that primarily targeted Asian American homes in San Francisco.
  • The break-ins reportedly occurred in neighborhoods such as Excelsior, Mission, Richmond, Sunset and Visitation Valley between December 2021 and March of this year.
  • Levy and White were arrested on April 19 and subsequently charged with multiple counts of burglary and attempted burglary.
  • Levy, who was reportedly involved in 28 burglaries, was also charged with three counts of elder abuse.

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with at least 28 burglaries that occurred at various homes — 27 of them owned by Asian Americans — in San Francisco.

The burglaries, which occurred between December 2021 and March of this year, took place in neighborhoods such as Excelsior, Mission, Richmond, Sunset and Visitation Valley, according to reports.

Arrest warrants issued for two NYC men suspected of targeting, breaking into Asian homes in Newton

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Local authorities issued arrest warrants for two suspects accused of breaking into homes of Asian residents in Newton, Massachusetts, last year.

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller shared the information without naming the individuals in a newsletter released Thursday. The report noted that the two men from New York City have “past histories of breaking and entering and burglary and one was found to be incarcerated in New York.”

Burglar pulls off $250,000 Pokémon heist of Minnesota shop after smashing through a wall

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  • A burglar broke into a collectibles shop in Forest Lake, Minnesota, and stole about $250,000 worth of Pokémon cards.
  • The intruder first broke into a neighboring vacant store and then punched a hole through the wall to get into Punch-Out Gaming, a store co-owned by brothers Mike and Eric Johnson.
  • Eric believes that the burglar did not act alone due to the amount of stolen items.
  • He also thinks that the perpetrators are familiar with the store as they knew what to do to get into the areas where the Pokémon merchandise was stored.
  • The owners said that while the store is insured, they will still incur a significant amount of loss from the burglary due to the rarity of the stolen items.
  • The online Pokémon community is helping the store by monitoring any online listings that might be selling the stolen cards.

A burglar reportedly stole about $250,000 worth of Pokémon cards from a video games and collectibles shop in Minnesota.

Punch-Out Gaming, a family-owned business that has been operating in Forest Lake, Minnesota, for eight years, was hit with a burglary on Thursday morning, reported Pioneer Press (

San Francisco man pistol-whipped during daylight robbery on New Year’s Eve

  • Two unidentified suspects pistol-whipped a 52-year-old Asian man during a broad daylight robbery in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve.
  • They reportedly took his wallet, phone and Rolex watch.

A 52-year-old Asian man was pistol-whipped and robbed of his belongings while walking in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve.

The incident reportedly occurred beside Anchovy Bar on O’Farrell Street between Fillmore and Steiner Streets on Friday afternoon, SFist reported, citing a Twitter report by ABC7’s Dion Lim and a video posted by Asian Crime Report’s Twitter account. A person wearing an apron reportedly tried to help the victim but was stopped by one of the armed robbers.

Man arrested for being part of robbery spree group who broke into at least 22 North Carolina Asian restaurants

Man arrested after breaking into at least 5 Asian restaurants in North Carolina

A man accused of breaking into at least five Asian restaurants in North Carolina since the start of this year has been arrested and charged this week.

The allegations: Raymond Michael Cobb, 58, is allegedly one of several suspects who broke into 22 Asian restaurants across central and eastern North Carolina, according to CBS 17.

Burglars posing as landscapers are following Asian business owners home to rob them, Torrance police warn

Authorities in Torrance, California are notifying residents about the modus operandi of burglars reportedly posing as gardeners and landscape workers to target Asian American business owners.

A community warning: According to Torrance Police Department (TPD) representative Sgt. Mark Ponegalek, several burglaries have recently victimized residents of Asian descent in gated communities of the city’s central and eastern areas, reported ABC7.