Two businesses in Hickory Ridge are hit by burglars early Thursday 'Smash-and-grab' thieves take two cash registers, cigarettes, other items

March 11, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Intruders took cigarettes, cash registers and other items during two "smash-and-grab" burglaries at Hickory Plaza in Columbia early Thursday, Howard County police said.

The thefts in the 10800 block of Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village appear to be related because they occurred at nearly the same time in the same shopping strip, police said.

Such thefts are increasing in Howard County and are called smash-and-grab burglaries by police because intruders usually break a window, grab items and flee in less than a minute.

The two Columbia thefts occurred between 2: 27 a.m. and 2: 51 a.m. Thursday.

In one, the glass door to China Chefs restaurant was broken and a cash-filled register and five bottles of champagne were stolen, police said.

In that same period, police said burglars shattered the glass door at the nearby High's Dairy store, stole lottery tickets, 40 cartons of cigarettes and a cash register, police said.

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