Thieves target businesses in string of break-ins

Prince George RCMP are warning the public after a string of commercial break-ins this month.

Between Aug. 4 and Aug. 12, 17 businesses in the city reported break and enters to police. Four of the businesses were located on Quinn Street, three on Robertson Road, two on River Road, and the remaining businesses hit were located on Ogilvie Street, Spruce Street, First Avenue, Third Avenue, 15th Avenue, Ospika Boulevard, Queensway and Tabor Boulevard.

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In many of the break-ins, thieves smashed glass doors to get inside and specifically targeted cash drawers at the businesses. All of the break-ins happened between midnight and 4 a.m., police said in a press release.

Some of the businesses hit were professional offices, including medical and veterinary clinics.

A Ford F-series pick-up truck and an F-series van were also stolen on Quinn Street around the time of the break-ins. Thieves also attempted to steal three Ford Excursion SUVs from locations near some of the break-ins.

While police can't confirm all the incidents are related, the motives, methods and locations suggests many of the thefts were committed by the same person or people.

Prince George RCMP urge local businesses to secure or remove any cash from their premises before closing each day, and to install high-quality video surveillance systems.

Anyone with information about these break-ins is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300. Tips can also be made anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only) or by texting CRIMES (274637) using the keyword "pgtips."

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