9 smash-and-grabs in Englewood overnight

Posted at 6:45 AM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-03 15:41:34-05

Nine businesses in Englewood were hit by smash-and-grab burglars early Sunday, adding to more than a dozen others in and around Denver in the last month.

The shops broken into are on seven blocks of South Broadway, between East Yale and East Floyd avenues. Police said they believe the burglars hit at about 2:30 a.m.

The businesses involved include Billy's Gourmet Hotdogs, Jimano's Pizzeria, Starbucks, Breakfast on Broadway, The Copper Pot, Trompeau Bakery and Salon Expose.

Police said the burglars threw rocks through glass windows and doors and then targeted cash registers.

The owner of Billy's Gourmet Hotdogs told Denver7 that he, like most business owners, doesn't keep cash inside overnight. He said the thieves stole money from a box selling lollipops for charity, an iPad and some beer, but didn't get away with anything else.

"It's frustrating because it interrupts your business," said Bill Feid. "Now we have a wood panel on our front door. It’s the inconvenience of coming here in the middle of the night to do that, and it's costly. Even though insurance will cover parts of it, our deductible is still pretty sizeable."

In the same shopping center, the thieves also got into Jimano's Pizzeria, overturning a candy dispenser and raiding another lollipop box.

"It’s a little disheartening," said general manager Robert Meason. "But at the same time, you pick up the pieces, you move forward and try to keep going as best you can. Fix the door and, hopefully, forget about it next week."

Englewood Police said they will be reviewing surveillance video from some of the businesses that were impacted.

Police said it is too early to know whether these are related to other recent smash-and-grab burglaries in and around Denver.

Burglars smashed their way into seven businesses in Denver early Thursday morning.

The first burglary happened at The Phone Store on South Peoria Street, near Parker Road and I-225.

Then, there was a series of three smash-and-grab burglaries about five miles away on Hampden Avenue, at I-25.

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