Rash of burglaries in Cary

After knocking off the power meter, the burglars often break a window or jimmy a locked door

October 11, 2010 4:42:08 PM PDT
Police are investigating a rash of business burglaries in Cary.

In each case, the crooks smashed the electric meter to try and overcome alarm systems and then either broke a window or jimmied a locked door.

The owner of the Havana Grill on West Chatham Street reported the thieves smashed open a cash register and took some petty cash.

"I feel violated," said Robert Cardoso. "It's not the money itself, it's the damage they've done to a small business trying to survive in this economy."

The rest of the businesses are in the same area. Just down the street, two auto shops were hit. Luckily, it appeared the burglar was after cash and there was none.

The owner of Chem-Dry of Cary said he knows a little bit about the guy who broke the window to his business and pulled the power meter.

That's because the burglar walked down a path next to an adjoining business which has a surveillance camera.

The video - turned over to Cary police - shows a medium height white man wearing a hoodie, shorts, tennis shoes and white socks.

Another camera at the Havana grill is pointed right at the broken window. Although the electric meter was pulled, the power never went out.

"We had some cameras rolling, so maybe we got a good shot of him and we'll be able to stop this," said Cardoso.

Cary police are reviewing that video as well.

If you have information that can solve the crimes, go to www.carycrimestoppers.net.

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