Police seek link in break-ins at businesses

County police are investigating to determine if several commercial break-ins in Columbia earlier this week are related to similar break-ins in the county since January. No arrests have been made.

The burglaries occurred between 8 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday, when the burglar twisted off front door locks and punched holes in the drywall of adjacent businesses, police said. An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from cash registers, police said.

Police said the Hair Cuttery, Domino's, Dry Cleaning USA, One-Hour Photo and the Columbia Bike Shop in the Long Reach Village Center were burglarized. A vacant suite on Columbia Gateway Drive in Long Reach also was burglarized.

Hickory Hams on Snowden River Parkway in Owen Brown and Simply Elegant on Shaker Drive in Kings Contrivance also were burglarized, police said.


* Long Reach: 6400 block of Dobbin Center Way: Someone stole a radio from a 1980 Volvo between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

* Owen Brown: 9400 block of Snowden River Parkway: Someone twisted off a front door lock at a vacant suite between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday and knocked in the wall to Hickory Hams, an adjacent business. The intruder or intruders tampered with a safe in Hickory Hams, but didn't take anything.

6500 block of Pennacook Court: Someone kicked in a door between 7 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Monday.

6500 block of Dobbin Road: A white GMC 7000 delivery truck was stolen between 3 p.m. Sunday and 6:45 a.m. Monday. The truck was later recovered at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Tamar Drive and Flowerstock Row in Long Reach.

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