More businesses targeted by thieves overnight

Rash of burglaries continued Thursday morning

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE: There are 4 confirmed burglaries that happened this morning in a span of approximately 2 hours. El Portal West at 1100 Calloway Drive had their safe stolen, and tobacco products were stolen from USA Cigarettes at 1460 White Lane. BPD also confirmed all the burglaries at the Marketplace and at El Portal West are connected. 

 

More businesses were targeted by thieves overnight in what police said is a rash of burglaries around Bakersfield.

The owner of Crab In A Bag in the 1600 block of Union Avenue told 17 news burglars stole TV's off the wall and damaged his business door around 5 a.m. Thursday.

Bakersfield police responded but didn't find the burglar.

Meanwhile, thieves stole from and vandalized businesses at the Marketplace on Ming Avenue in southwest Bakersfield just after 5 a.m.

Sole 2 Soul Sports said cash and iPads were stolen from the store.  However, they would open for business Thursday.

Johnny Garlic's glass door was smashed, but it was unclear if anything was stolen.  And, a new restaurant, Rockin' Crawfish, which was set to open Friday, was also vandalized.

No one was arrested in those cases.

Police are seeing a spike in business burglaries, officials said, often striking after hours.

In most cases, crooks are after cash, either in safes or registers, police said.

BPD recommends business owners who use a safe, and make sure it's strongly secured to the ground.

Officers also recommend that all money be removed from cash registers on a daily basis and business owners should leave the cash drawer open to discourage thieves from damaging the registers when looking for money.

Anyone with information on these burglaries should call the BPD at 327-7111.


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