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Two Columbia businesses, one residence burglarized

Two east Columbia businesses and one west Columbia residence were burglarized in the past several days, according to Howard County Police.

Police are reporting a smash and grab occurred late Thursday, Oct. 4, at Tropical Tan, located in the 6900 block of Oakland Mills Road. According to police, a burglar smashed the front glass door of the business at 11 p.m. and stole coins.

At 8:22 a.m. on Friday, Oak Tree Furniture, located in the 9100 block of Red Branch Road, was burglarized and money was stolen from the register, police said. Police said entry was gained to the business by smashing the front door with a concrete stone.

Police added that the burglar attempted to open a second register, failed and stole the entire register.

Two days later, on Sunday, Oct. 7, a west Columbia residence was robbed between 1:45 and 9 p.m., police said.

Police said one or multiple robbers entered a residence located in the 5000 block of Whetstone Road by cutting a hole in the screen porch, reaching through and unlocking the door to the porch.

Police said the robber kicked down the rear door and entered the residence.

Jewelry, a laptop, a portable DVD player and change were stolen.

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