April 23, 2007
Five Charlottesville businesses were broken into overnight Friday, and police are trying to piece together the clues and capture whoever may be responsible.
Police think the burglaries are linked because, in most cases, the thieves went straight for the safes, and they hit businesses in the same area.
“It’s unusual in Charlottesville to see three safe jobs in one night,” said Charlottesville Police Captain Chip Harding.
Charlottesville police said thieves pried open safes at KFC and the Be Fabulous Hair salon on Angus Road. At the Subway restaurant just yards down Emmet Street, they actually walked out with the safe said the store's manager. “They came in the side door and broke the side door and took the safe out the side door,” said Satish Chaganta.
The manager remembers locking the doors around 12:15 Friday evening. The burglars made their way in some time overnight as with the other businesses.
“We know that everything was intact when these businesses were closed up, and that morning, as people came back to their businesses and got inside, they found their safes had been entered,” said Harding.
At Big Jims BBQ, they didn't get into the safe but ripped into the jukebox and stole the money inside. Police are not disclosing how much money was stolen.
“One of these safes had hardly anything in it, so a lot of effort for very little gain,” said Harding.
The thieves entered the buildings in much the same way, breaking doors and glass to get in. Police are not sure of the timeline but believe the burglaries are related. They're waiting on lab results to know for sure.
The Subway manager is hoping evidence leads police to an arrest.
“We gave the videotape of what we got the night off the camera and hopefully they might catch them."
There was a fifth burglary late Friday night at the Jack and Jill Restaurant on Long Street. Nothing was taken and police are not sure if this burglary attempt could be related to the others.
If you have any information about the break-ins, call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.