By Melissa Garcia
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are investigating a series of at least nine overnight burglaries at businesses in Englewood.
It’s the latest in a string of smash-and-grab break-ins around the Denver metro area. Burglars targeted businesses in a strip mall Wednesday on Hampden near Fairfax. Two days earlier, someone broke into stores nearby at Hampden and Interstate 25.
In the early morning hours Sunday someone broke into nine businesses along South Broadway in the six-block stretch between Yale and Floyd. Police said it was too soon to say whether Sunday’s break-ins were related to the burglaries from days earlier.
Doors were boarded up at three businesses on Broadway and Cornell, and police were reviewing surveillance video in an effort to identify a suspect.
Pascal Trompeau, owner of Trompeau Bakery, walked in to his store Sunday morning to find the cash register smashed and broken on the floor.
“I just think it’s stupid to do that just for, not too much money,” said Trompeau.
Surveillance cameras at the bakery caught the crime on camera.
At 1:23 a.m. the video showed the suspect throwing a rock through the door and busting out the glass. Once inside he looked around before going for the register and pocketing the cash. Five minutes later the burglar left the bakery and went on to the next store.
Michael Jeffers, an employee with Jimano’s Pizzeria, said burglars there got away with only pocket change from the donation box for children with muscular dystrophy.
“I think they’re no good,” said Jeffers, of whoever broke into the restaurant. “I hope they catch them.”
Karen Bueno, an employee with Billy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, said the items stolen there were worth far less than what it will cost to repair the damage.
“They stole some beers,” said Bueno. “That’s it.”
As of Sunday afternoon, police had no leads on a suspect.