Police investigate 4 smash-and-grabs in Englewood area

One store owner put a sign a la the movie 'Clerks' that read 'I assure you we're open!' after their glass was broken out by burglars.

ENGLEWOOD - Police are investigating at least four overnight smash-and-grabs in the Englewood area.

The first was reported just before 1 a.m. at Affordable Used Appliance, 2875 S. Santa Fe Drive.

Sgt. Chad Read with the Englewood Police Department says a washer and dryer were stolen from the business.

A few hours later, at 4:15 a.m., the front glass window at a liquor store named Kent Cellars, 3475 S. University Blvd. was smashed out with a baseball bat and burglarized by four suspects.

"Glass everywhere, we'll be finding glass for months, I'm sure," Gene Martinez, Kent Cellars general manager, said.

Surveillance video from inside the business shows the suspects rummaging through the store, eventually making off with an unknown amount of inventory and cash.

"Luckily, we were fortunate enough, the damage wasn't bad enough to where I didn't have to be shut down for a day or two," Martinez said.

Then at about 5 a.m., police were called to Smoker Friendly, 5050 South Federal Blvd, on an alarm call. They arrived once again to find the front glass window smashed out.

"All my glass cases were shattered," Michelle Phillips, Smoker Friendly store manager, said.

While on the scene, officers noticed that front glass window at the Little Caesar’s next door was also smashed. The closing manager at Little Caesars says they took cash register boxes that were empty. Phillips says various items were taken from her glass cases.

"This is somebody's hard-earned money," Phillips said. "Somebody worked hard to get all this and for somebody to destroy it like it's a piece of trash is unsettling."

Phillips says another Smoker Friendly store in Denver was hit with a smash-and-grab overnight. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says two stores during the previous night were also hit.

Read says it’s too early to determine if any of the incidents are connected. Anyone with information should contact the Englewood Police Department. 

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