ARVADA — Police across the metro area are looking for suspects wanted in connection to smash-and-grab break-ins that happened both early Wednesday and early Thursday mornings.
The first break-ins happened Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in Littleton, according to Mark Techmeyer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's office.
The following six businesses were hit:
- Rosie’s Wild Flour bakery (8996 W. Bowles Ave.)
- Honey Baked Ham (8086 W. Bowles Ave.)
- Brooklyn MC Pizza (8086 W. Bowles Ave.)
- IHOP (12634 Indore Pl.)
- Phillips 66 (7695 W. Long Dr.)
- Safeway gas shack (5025 S. Kipling Pkwy.)
The suspect vehicle in these break-ins is described by the Jefferson County Sheriff's office as a Ford F-350, two-toned silver over maroon.
Then, eight businesses were targeted in Arvada beginning at 1:35 a.m. Thursday morning.
The thieves first targeted the Army Surplus Store at 57th Avenue and Old Wadsworth Boulevard, according to a news release from the Arvada Police Department. The suspects took knives and possibly 10 boxes of ammunition from the store, according to David Snelling, a spokesperson for the Arvada Police Department.
The thieves then struck a European grocery and donut shop in the 10300 block of Ralston Rd, police said. Officers later found more businesses in the areas of W. 64th Avenue and Simms St, and W. 58th Avenue and Ward Road that had been burglarized. They included a laundromat, Domino’s Pizza, a tobacco shop, a massage parlor and a liquor store.
The suspects entered the buildings by breaking doors and windows with landscaping rocks, police said.
The suspects took parts of the cash register drawers from at least seven of those businesses, Snelling said.
Surveillance video from the businesses consistently shows four suspects all wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled tight over their faces. The suspects were associated with a white, 4-door sedan, possibly a late 1990s model Honda Civic.
Also on Thursday morning, two suspects broke into Cake Crumbs bakery at 2216 Kearney St. in Denver around 3:30 a.m.
Those suspects took the cash register drawer, according to Denver police.
Both Denver and Arvada police cannot yet say if the two cases are related.