Rash of burglaries has Burlington businesses on edge

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- At least twenty businesses have been burglarized in the last two months in Burlington, according to Burlington Police.

The break-ins happened on six different occasions in the past 60 days, according to Sgt. Dalton Majors. Several happened in strip malls and stores on North and South Church Streets.

The most recent crimes were reported at Savannah West Shopping Center on St. Marks Church Rd.

"They break in through a door and then they start hacking through the walls, store to store," explained April Chandler who works in one of the stores that was burglarized this week.

She says the criminals started at Delil Nail Salon where they stole $150.

"They used a crow bar to get into the door and took a money bag," she explained. "Then they tried to get our TV."

Chandler says the burglars then went into a back room and busted through a wall and into the next store, Sophisticated Pair.

Eric Windle is co-owner of Sophisticated Pair and showed FOX8 where the drywall and insulation was ripped out.

"We found that we had not one but two holes punched through the walls of the store, the office was ransacked, the counter was ransacked. And generally they left a pretty large mess," she said.

Insulation still covers the floor of one of Windle's dressing rooms where the burglars moved into the next store, Elegant Bridal. They also broke into Barking Bubbles in the next building over.

Police say for now they do not have any suspects or surveillance pictures from any of the 20 businesses hit.

Sgt. Majors suggests to look out for "people that are acting suspicious, maybe in a store and it appears that they're shopping but they're not shopping. They may be peering into surveillance cameras in their businesses, motion sensors, anything they're looking for other than shopping."

Windle adds, "I hope that they're apprehended and no one else has to suffer through this."

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