Sunday, 14 April 2024

String of burglaries hits Lakeport businesses

LAKEPORT – Police are investigating a commercial burglary spree that hit Lakeport this week.


In all, break-ins or attempted break-ins were reported at six businesses, starting over the weekend and lasting until Wednesday, according to Lt. Brad Rasmussen of the Lakeport Police Department.


“We believe all of the burglaries and the attempted burglaries are related, based on the evidence and the pattern that we're seeing,” Rasmussen said.


The break-ins started sometime late last Saturday night or early Sunday morning, said Rasmussen. That's when someone forced their way into First Nails in the Bruno's Shop Smart shopping plaza on Lakeport Boulevard.


Rasmussen said the burglars ransacked the business and took cash, the amount of which police are withholding.


Sometime late Sunday or early Monday morning Erma's Hair and Skin Essentials, located in the 800 block of Bevins Street, also was broken into and ransacked. Rasmussen said police are unsure of what's missing from that shop.


The following night, break-ins were attempted at Henny's Shear Delight and the All About Me boutique in the Willow Tree Plaza on 11th Street. In those cases, the suspects didn't get into the businesses, said Rasmussen.


However, overnight Tuesday or early Wednesday, another forced entry at All About Me was successful, with cash stolen, said Rasmussen.


That same night two other burglaries occurred – at Kelsey Creek Coffee Co. in the 900 block of N. Main and Pet Country in the 1100 block of N. Main. Cash was stolen in both cases, Rasmussen said.


Soda machines near Pet Country and the Anchorage Inn also were broken into, said Rasmussen.


“We're increasing our patrols of the business area to look for any suspicious activity,” he said.


Rasmussen said police are looking at potential leads.


“We've got a couple pieces of confirmation that we're following up on” that we think may be related, he said.


Rasmussen urged businesses not to keep cash on premises and to have their locks backed by secondary deadbolts.


It's also important to maintain good lighting at entry points into businesses to help deter potential burglars, he said.


In addition, Rasmussen suggested that business owners consider full alarm systems to add to their security.


Rasmussen said police want to hear from anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the affected business areas. If anyone sees anything as it's occurring, he urged them to call police right away.


“We consider it a serous issue and we're trying to do everything we can to prevent any further burglaries in the business district or anywhere else,” he said.


Lakeport Police Department can be reached at 707-263-5491. Emergency calls should go to 911.


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