VERMILION — Business owners are being warned to take extra security measures after a spate of smash-and-grabs.
Three businesses have been hit in less than two weeks. In each case, the thief — or thieves — smash through the front door, grab the cash register and flee.
The first business hit was Beanie’s Laundry, a coin-operated laundromat at 4567 Liberty Ave. Thieves broke through the door overnight Feb. 28, said police Chief Chris Hartung.
Next was Delmonico’s Barber Shop, 4500 Liberty Ave., on March 6.
On Sunday, it was Susie’s Homestyle Cafe at 4789 Liberty Ave. in the South Shore Plaza.
Police did not disclose how much money or what items of value were taken in the robberies.
Hartung said police Detective Steve Davis is handling the investigation and has the entire department at his service, whether it is to add extra staff to the investigation or adjusting schedules for extra patrols. Evidence was collected at the scenes and sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Tuesday, Hartung said.
In the meantime, businesses that fit the profile of potential targets should take precautions, he said.
“The individual, or individuals, seem to be targeting businesses with glass doors and cash registers in close proximity without alarm systems on the buildings,” Hartung said.
To provide information on the robberies, contact the Vermilion Police Department at (440) 967-6116.