Police probing 4 smash-grab burglaries

March 08, 1996

Police are investigating four smash-and-grab burglaries at Crofton and Crownsville businesses that occurred within 45 minutes early Wednesday.

No one has been arrested. Police believe the crimes may be related because of the culprit's method of operation.

Police went to the China King restaurant in the 2200 block of Johns Hopkins Road in Crofton soon after 12: 30 a.m. after an alarm sounded at the business. The plate glass door had been smashed and the door opened, police said. The burglar found no money in the cash register, according to police.

Less than 15 minutes later, police found a burglar had broken the glass door at American Sports Cards and Comics store in a neighboring suite. A cash register containing about $75 was missing, police said.

Shortly after 1 a.m., police went to the 1300 block of Generals Highway in Crownsville to check on similar break-ins at the Bagels & More and S. K. Sin's restaurant. In both cases, the front door was broken. The thief took a $10 roll of quarters and a $5 roll of dimes from the restaurant and stole the cash register containing about $5 from the bagel shop, police said.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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