Hillsboro police said they believe a recent rash of downtown burglaries might be connected and suspect the intruders were young ? possibly in their teens.
?We have more than one person of interest (regarding the burglaries),? said Dan Kinning, chief of police.
The first burglary happened Friday, Oct. 17, at La Cabana Restaurant, 117 S. Main.
The next two break-ins were at Molly?s On Main at 104 Main and Brenda?s Bloomers and Gifts at 111 W. Grand, with a third attempted crime at Dale?s Supermarket, 108 W. Grand, all occurred Wednesday, Oct. 22.
The burglaries at the restaurant and Molly?s were through a back door, but in the case of Brenda?s shop, entry was through a window.
At Dale?s Supermarket, the intruders, he said, were unable to gain access after attempting to remove a vent in the skylight.
The three burglaries Oct. 22 could be the work of the same people, Kinning said; however, the restaurant investigation continues.
About $1,000 in damage was done to the skylight and vent at the supermarket, but the other three burglaries also had items missing.
Kinning said at one location, a wreath, candles and candy valued at $300 were stolen and two other stores reported a total of $55 in cash and coin taken.
All the businesses were burglarized after closing, but an exact time was unavailable.
How to protect your business
When it comes to protecting businesses from theft, Kinning offered a few suggestions.
?Before leaving,? he said, ?check doors and windows to make sure they are locked.?
If possible, leave a light on and open any blinds so that patrol cars can see inside the building.
?Officers patrol the downtown area nightly and will check doors,? he said.
Whenever anyone sees suspicious behavior?whether downtown or in residential areas?Kinning urges them to call the police department, 620-947-3440.