DOUGLAS COUNTY, OR. -- A string of burglaries through Douglas County has authorities asking residents along I-5 to keep an eye out and help them connect the dots.
Dakota Street Pizza in Sutherlin, Southgate Market in Roseburg, and Quines Creek Market in Glendale were all hit early Saturday morning.
The thieves were only in Dakota Street for about a minute, but they were able to break through the back door, take the registers, and head down I-5.
Dakota Street employee Alyssa Johnson said she’s just glad it wasn’t worse.
“And they.. they didn’t really get much. We don’t have – keep anything in the registers and they just took the registers, pretty much. So, all they got was a few bucks and change, really. And the alarm system probably scared them off because it’s super loud when it goes off.”
Law enforcement believe the trail of these crimes means the burglars headed Grants Pass or Medford, and possibly into California.
They were driving a silver or light-colored SUV, believed to be a 2015 Chevy Traverse.
Though they may be out of the area, Sutherlin Police Captain Kurt Sorenson asks businesses to make sure they’re taking precautions.
“I think it’s important to tell businesses is.. at night, to not have a lot of cash on-hand. Make your night drops when you’re done with business for the day, or keep a very secure safe if you are going to have cash on-hand,” said Sorenson.
Johnson agrees, encouraging other businesses to make sure they have the best security they can get.
“I think everyone should have a loud security system, to where it notifies the cops and everything to come down here so that they don’t have time to get more than what they got here, really.”
If you have any information about these burglaries, contact Roseburg or Sutherlin Police, or the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.