Investigators trying to solve string of Westover break-ins

Investigators trying to solve string of Westover break-ins

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by GLENN COUNTS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on July 6, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Westover Division are trying to catch a man who has been a terror to Latino and Asian businesses.

Since June 30 he has broken into eight businesses, including Antojitos Mi Columbia Bakery on Old Pineville Road.

"For me it's difficult and hard because I work here 14 to 16 hours a day, six days a week," said Eunice Marcano, the owner.

She emigrated from Columbia last year. The bakery is her dream.  Since opening, the thief has hit her twice.

"It's sad when in a few minutes somebody comes and takes it all," said the owner.

The suspect has been caught on the bakery’s security camera system and police are hoping someone will recognize him.

"He comes right through the window.  He's wearing gloves.  That's why we’re not getting any physical evidence," said CMPD Lt. Thomas Gwaltney.  "He's going in targeting the register or cashbox and very rarely removing anything else from the business."

Las Palmas on South Boulevard, one of the best Cuban restaurants in town, has also been hit twice. Jorge Escobar has owned it since 2009.

"It was a very bad day not for me but all the workers also.  We come here every day to give the best," said Escobar.

Police estimate the crook has only gotten $10 to $15 per burglary. He typically smashes in the glass front door, costing the owners thousands in repairs.

Escobar said that bill will make it tough for him to make payroll and he may have to lay someone off.

"It doesn’t affect only me," he said.
 

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