DENVER - There have been three burglaries at three different businesses on South Pearl Street in less than a year.
Denver police say the latest crime was early Tuesday morning at Pajama Baking Company. The owner, Russ Tearney, says when his employees got to work, they noticed that the microwave, printer and ATM were missing. They looked around and found one of the items in the basement.
"They broke the ATM and took between $2,000 to $10,000. They cut through the metal so it looks like they knew what they were doing," Tearney said.
As a small business owner, Tearney says having to replace items cuts into his bottom line. He also has to repair the window the suspect broke to get into the shop.
Next door to Tearney's business is a Uno Mas, a Mexican restaurant. The owner, Patrick White, says they were also victims of a burglary.
"They broke off the hinges, popped them out with a crow bar and opened the door to our cooler," Patrick White said.
White says he lost thousands of dollars in stolen food and liquor. But to make matters worse, he says the suspect didn't close the door so they had to throw out all of the food inside because it spoiled.
Steam Espresso and Colorado Limited also say they were burglarized. Since then, business owners say they are looking out for each other more and installing surveillance cameras.
Denver Police says they have increased patrol in the area.
The burglary at Pajama Baking Company is considered an open and active investigation.
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