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String Of Burglaries Leave Clinton Shops With Broken Doors


Five burglaries all one night all in one area city.

Now police in Clinton are searching for the people who got away with the owners' sense of security.

And the cases appear to be connected in two ways.

First, where the burglaries took place.

They're all spread throughout Clinton's south side.

And the other common thread connecting the cases...all the businesses had glass doors shattered.

"This will be the third time in five years since we've been at this location," says Brent Tinderholt, owner of Planet Auto.

By big city standards, these cases are pretty small. Somebody broke some doors and didn't get away with much.

"Each time it's just been small items, I-pods, change."

Tinderholt says it's still frustrating. He runs a small business and would rather not pay for a lot of extra expenses.

"I would think that right along highway 30 here, and well lit up we wouldn't' be such a desirable target."

Moe's Pizza owner Jane Asaadi says, "You hear that you've had a break in, you come down to the restaurant, and it just makes you feel icky, it's a very sick feeling."

She's run the shop with her husband for 27 years. They've been targeted several times before. But she says this burglary is the worst.

"Whatever they had was an effective tool, that they broke the glass, these are heavy glass doors and the glass just shattered."

Their target, the recently remodeled office.

"They always pick on that poor office."

Whoever broke in left a mess there too. Papers thrown about. Drawers wide open. All for a video camera and a pair of gloves.

"Why do this, don't do this, we're not a big chain."

The clean up was Jane's welcome back to work. She'd been gone for eight weeks recovering from knee replacement surgery.

"My husband's got a pacemaker, he's got heart problems, you know, we don't need this."

The Asaadi's have an alarm system. But after paying 12-hudred dollars in glass repairs, they're thinking about buying security cameras too.

Police have a few leads, but haven't said if there are one or multiple suspects involved.

No arrests have been made.

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