HUTCHINSON, Kansas – Police are searching for a man they say broke into 19 businesses over a three-hour time period Wednesday morning.
13 of the break-ins were near the intersection of Main Street and 25th Avenue, with the others within two miles of that location, police said. They all took place between 3 and 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Police released surveillance video of the suspect smashing the window with a crowbar at the front door of the Papa Murphy’s around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Police say he is a white male in his late 20’s to early 30’s, with slender build and possible light brown hair.
In all the break-ins, the suspect either used the crowbar to pry the doors open or smashed glass to gain entry, and wore a bandanna and hooded sweatshirt to conceal his identity, Det. Curtis Black of the Hutchinson police department said.
Business owners were surprised that the suspect did not make more of a mess of things, only going after cash laying around or in registers.
“Really, nothing was much disturbed,” Andy Fry, a business owner, said. “All that was taken was a little bit of petty cash and other than that, the office was basically untouched. So we were pretty fortunate in that regard.”
Police noted how unusual this case is for their community.
“To have this many in that short period of time, it does happen, but not often,” Det. Black said. “It is out of the ordinary for us to have this many burglaries happen over one night in a short time span.”
Anyone with information can call Hutchinson police at 620-694-2834 or Reno County Crime Stoppers at 620-694-2666.