Several shops in Forest Grove and Hillsboro broken into last week

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Glass litters the floor of Pac Thai Restaurant in Forest Grove, where a burglar smashed the glass in a break-in last Friday.Smashed glass littered the windows and doorways of three Pacific Avenue businesses on Black Friday after Washington County got hit with a string of post-Thanksgiving burglaries last week.

Forest Grove police officers responded around 6:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, to three businesses that had been broken into.

Windows at the Little Monkey Deli, Pac Thai restaurant and the Brass Comb Salon were smashed. Business owners are now dealing with the aftermath of the break-ins, which targeted cash registers, according to Capt. Mike Herb of the Forest Grove Police Department.

Officers conducted a canine track but didn’t locate any suspects.

Video surveillance information has officers suspecting the burglaries are related to a string of break-ins in downtown Hillsboro that happened the same morning around 5:50 a.m., where windows in the Hillsboro Hobby Shop and 2nd Hand Wireless also were smashed.

The suspect in Forest Grove surveillance footage “looks very similar if not identical to” the suspect in the surveillance images from one of the Hillsboro businesses, Herb said.

June Kintz, who owns Little Monkey Deli, said she was robbed at gunpoint about two months ago. The robber stole her purse with the company credit card and checkbook and her keys. Police haven’t found the suspect yet, Kintz said.

She was also broken into last year about this same time, when the suspect came through the wall from upstairs, Kintz said.

Sue Brenner, who owns the Brass Comb, said her salon had been burglarized about a decade ago when it was located on Main Street.

This time around, Brenner said, the burglar only took quarters from her desk, as she never keeps any money in her store.

“Officers check the downtown business district each night on patrols, as call load allows. They often get out of their cars and check on foot,” Herb said. “We have stepped up frequency of these patrols the best that we can with available personnel.”

In Hillsboro, the burglar took about $60 from the Hillsboro Hobby Shop, according to Mike Rouches of the Hillsboro Police Department, and maybe a checkbook from 2nd Hand Wireless.

Anyone with information can call 503-681-6175.

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