EAST WENATCHEE — Three East Wenatchee businesses were hit by burglars early this morning, and a fourth suffered a broken window but no entry was made, authorities said.
So far, businesses have reported cash taken out of registers, and a small safe taken, said Dan Reierson, assistant chief for the East Wenatchee Police Department.
Officers first responded to an alarm at Casa Tapatia, 1650 Grant Road, at 2:07 a.m., he said. The back door has been forced open, and cash taken from the register, he said. While there, officers noticed a sliding glass window was open at Eastside Coffee Company, 1610 Grant Road. Money from a tip jar and a small safe that was empty were taken, he said.
Officers also discovered a cracked window that was apparently made with a prying tool at Aut-To Mocha, 795 Grant Road, Reierson said. He said no entry was made.
This morning, owners of the Latino Marketplace at 730 Grant Road reported their business had been entered through a rear door. Cash was also taken from the store’s register, and owners are checking inventory to see if there are any other losses, the assistant chief said.
“We don’t have these rashes of burglaries very often, so I’m assuming it’s the same group,” Reierson said.
A fourth burglary reported Wednesday afternoon may not have been related, he said. Burglars cut a fence at the Eastmont Parks Department in the 200 block of North Georgia Street. Two ladders were missing, and an inventory is being conducted to see if other items were taken.
He said anyone who saw anything suspicious can contact the East Wenatchee Police at 884-9511.
K.C. Mehaffey: 997-2512