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Aurora cops hunting 'smash and grab' burglar

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  • Aurora police believe this man may be responsible for eight "smash and grab" burglaries in the city over the past several days.

      Aurora police believe this man may be responsible for eight "smash and grab" burglaries in the city over the past several days.
    Courtesy Aurora police

  • Aurora police believe this man may be responsible for eight "smash and grab" burglaries in the city over the past several days.

      Aurora police believe this man may be responsible for eight "smash and grab" burglaries in the city over the past several days.
    Courtesy Aurora police

 
Daily Herald report

The same man is suspected in eight "smash and grab" burglaries or attempted burglaries between March 8 and Tuesday morning in Aurora, police said.

In each case, the man used a brick or rock to smash the exterior glass doors of a business, authorities said, and then tried to break open or steal the cash registers. The first burglary was reported around 7:15 p.m. Friday and the most recent around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

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Police said the combined loss from all eight incidents, including property damage, is roughly $10,500.

Based on surveillance camera images at several businesses, police believe the suspect is a white man, between 5 feet 5 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing between 170 and 200 pounds. He may be driving a small, four-door compact vehicle similar to a Mitsubishi Lancer.

Police said the following burglaries have been reported:

• 7:15 p.m. Friday at a commercial building on the 1100 block of Jericho Road;

• 8:45 p.m. Friday at an automotive repair business on the 1300 block of W. Galena Boulevard;

• between 7 p.m. Friday and 12:15 a.m. Saturday at a hair salon on the 200 block of W. Benton Street;

• 12:40 a.m. Sunday at a hair salon on the 500 block of W. Illinois Avenue;

• 2:30 a.m. Sunday at a supermarket on the 300 block of N. Farnsworth Avenue;

• 2:45 a.m. Sunday at a gas station on the 1300 block of E. New York Street;

• between 11 p.m. Sunday and 7:45 a.m. Monday at a bank on the 300 block of W. Galena Boulevard (a door was broken but nothing was taken);

• 5 a.m. Tuesday at an automotive repair business on the 2400 block of W. Sullivan Road.

Police ask anyone with information to call investigators at (630) 256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000. Callers to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and qualify for a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

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