Updated 10/04/2011 09:51 PM
Rash of burglaries target eateries around Albany
A rash of burglaries has Albany police pursuing those responsible for breaking into at least 12 local eateries, nine of them between the hours of 3 and 5 a.m. Tuesday. Our Erin Vannella reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Basically, they climbed up on the trash can and the ATV here and went through the bathroom window," said Capital Q owner Sean Custer.
They walked straight into the alarm, making Capital Q on Ontario Street one of nine local eateries to be burglarized in one night.
"The majority of them, they're breaking the window, getting in quickly, obviously looking for money, stealing the cash register or lock box and then exiting." said Albany Public Safety Spokesman Jimmy Miller.
Police don't know who is responsible for the burglaries, having no witnesses, but they assume each is related. Each time, police say, burglars were after money.
"In the one on Colvin Avenue, Lynn's, they took both registers out and broke the registers out on the porch and left the registers there and took the money out obviously," said Miller. "Over at the Orchard, same thing."
Sutters, KFC, Duffy's, a pizzeria, bakery and corner deli were victims as well, all nine coming on the heels of three burglaries last weekend. Most suffered little more than broken glass.
"We've had instances before where we lose thousands of dollars," said Miller. "In this instance, the most that was taken out of any of the restaurants has been $800 that had been left in the register."
Police are looking for surveillance videos and witnesses and in the meantime, encourage business owners to be like Capital Q and secure their cash.
"That's what the safe's for," said Custer. "Best $150 I ever spent on Craigslist. Got a nice big safe from St. Joseph's Catholic Church. It answers to a higher authority."