Crime Trackers

May 30, 2014 9:24 PM by Lupita Murillo

Business owner speaks out about serial strip mall burglars

TUCSON - The search is on for several serial strip mall burglars.

News 4 Tucson Crime Trackers have confirmed that Oro Valley has seen one case, Marana, four, and the county seven, Tucson police also are working several cases.

The most recent case occurred in midtown on Tuesday. The suspect broke into a shopping mall at Swan and Camp Lowell.

Two weeks earlier, Dominick's Real Italian on the northwest side was broken into. Investigators say it's one of the 20 businesses in the Tucson area that's been burglarized. Lyndsey Fisher runs their family owned business, she says the burglar got into the restaurant by breaking into the vacant storefront next to them. Using power tools the suspect cut a square into their restroom, went to the kitchen where the surveillance camera picked up a man wearing a bandanna to conceal his identity. The surveillance shows the man holding a crowbar reaching towards the camera. There's also surveillance video of a truck that investigators say was used in connection with the burglaries.

The restaurant has only been in business 8 months and this burglary cost them more than $2,000. Fisher says, "We were able to get someone out within a few hours of the police finishing up. We continued our business, we didn't have to close which was good for us."

Sheriff's detectives say they believe there may be as many as three individuals responsible for breaking into the strip malls and stealing at least $20,000 in cash.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Tracy Suitt, recommends business owners, "Put that money in a safe deposit box at your bank. If you have a safe in your business or keep your money in a desk drawer if they see it and they want it they're going to get it whether its secure to the floor or not."

While no one has physically been hurt in these burglaries it has created an economic hardship for some of the business owners. That's why several law enforcement agencies are working together to find these individuals. If you have any information call 88-CRIME or 911.


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