May 19, 2016
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Earlier this week, the nonprofit For Richmond told a heartwarming story of community support for beloved merchants in East Richmond Heights who suffered a break-in earlier this year.

The story unfolded March 16 when two men broke into the Arlington Market, 6462 Arlington Blvd., at about 4 a.m., smashing the store’s window with a rock, tying a rope or chain around the store’s ATM and attempting to drag the machine out, according to the nonprofit. They were unsuccessful but caused $500 in damages.

When word of the failed heist spread in the neighborhood, owners of the market, brothers Najeeb and Saleh Alqablani, received incredible support. The brothers were described by For Richmond as “two of the nicest, most generous people around.”

They are also residents of the neighborhood.

Neighbor Joyce Lupack set up a fundraising account to raise the $500. A For Richmond employee who lives nearby asked her nonprofit’s executive director, Kyra Worthy, if she could promote the fundraiser.

Instead, Worthy decided the nonprofit would cover the full cost of losses.

The brothers were unaware of the fundraising campaign and grateful when the check was delivered.

“Thank you for the help and the support of the community,” said Saleh.

The Alqablani brothers have owned the market since 1998 after immigrating from Yemen, according to For Richmond.

Anyone who has information regarding the attempted theft at Arlington Market is urged to call the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office at 925-646-2441.

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About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.