String of burglaries hit local businesses
Over the weekend of April 25, a string of attempted burglaries and a theft caught the attention of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department and impacted local businesses.
The Newbergundian Bistro on Villa Road, as well as a pair of nearby nail salons were broken into in attempted burglaries; a parked car had its catalytic converter stolen as well. The investigation led by NDPD is ongoing as the businesses clean up the mess from the incidents.
"This weekend, there were three reported burglary attempts at local businesses and at least one catalytic converter theft from a vehicle," a Facebook post from NDPD said. "Our neighboring cities along Highway 99 have reported similar crimes. NDPD understands that this is frustrating for our business community and we adjust our patrols to deter as much as possible."
Each business had its windows shattered to gain entry and the likely target was cash registers, NDPD Public Information Officer Brian Hagen said, adding that he couldn't release the location of the nail salons. The bistro is on the mend and welcoming back customers while it can. Restaurants are already in financial binds due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the break-in added an additional expense in the form of window replacements.
"We are so incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support in the wake of yesterday's events," the restaurant posted on Facebook April 26. "We were able to get things cleaned up and will be back open today, ready to serve. Thank you, Newberg, you are awesome."
It is not clear at this time if the stolen catalytic converter is related to the restaurant and nail salon break-ins, or if the three break-ins are related to each other despite the similarity in tactics. The catalytic converter was stolen from a residential neighborhood in the southeast portion of Newberg, Hagen said, and the theft of converters has occurred in various areas of the city over the past months. The thefts are part of a nationwide uptick in stolen catalytic convertors, which thieves steal for the platinum within the devices.
There are no suspects at this time. Residents with information on the incidents should contact NDPD. Hagen echoed the sentiments of what the police department posted on Facebook:
"The reality is, there is little penalty in Oregon for property crimes, and as this trend continues, we urge residents or commercial properties to update their security features," the NDPD Facebook post read. "This may include cameras or alarm systems. If you have an existing alarm system, please be sure to update your contact information with that company so we can reach you in an emergency."
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