Police still working on downtown burglaries

Police are still investigating a string of burglaries - apparently committed by the same individual or team of criminals - that plagued downtown Enumclaw business owners early last week.

Over the course of two nights, burglaries were reported at five businesses. All occurred during the late-night hours of Dec. 13 and 14. Five days later, police were still investigating and had not made any arrests, according to Det. Steve Robinson of the Enumclaw Police Department.

Targeted were Sunrise Hallmark on the corner of Cole Street and Griffin Avenue; Vinny's Place, 1442 Cole St.; Salon Bonita, 1216 Initial Ave.; Curves For Women, in the QFC Plaza; and the NAPA store on state Route 410.

Leo Smith, owner at Sunrise Hallmark, considers himself lucky. He received a phone call just after 2 a.m. on Dec. 15, letting him know his alarm had been activated and police were on the way. Officers discovered the lock on the front door had been destroyed, allowing intruders inside the building. They apparently went only a few steps before the alarm sounded, then turned and ran.

Smith said his only loss was the cost of having locks replaced.

Vinny's Place owner Susan Barnett wasn't as lucky. A day earlier, it was discovered someone had popped open a lock and entered her business, stealing cash.

Robinson said the means of entry was similar for all five burglaries, leading police to believe the same party was guilty in each case.

The burglaries came at an already-busy time for local law enforcement. Robinson said Enumclaw police had also responded to seven vehicle thefts in the five days surrounding the burglaries.

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