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Vcr, Computer Taken In Rash Of Business Break-Ins

In/Around: North Division, Logan, East Spokane, West Central, Morgan Acres

Six North Side businesses were the targets of burglars last week.

Entry was made sometime last Tuesday morning at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division, police said. Burglars used a crowbar to enter through the roof and the ceiling of the business.

Employees were not certain if anything of value was taken.

The following night, someone used a small hammer to smash the glass on a front door at the General Store, 2424 N. Division. Police determined that entry to the business wasn’t gained, and found the hammer at the scene.

An hour later, the same method of entry was attempted at the Alpine Tire store, 1107 N. Freya. The front door glass was broken, but entry wasn’t made, police said.

Burglars threw a chunk of concrete through the front window of The Associates Credit Company, 3803 N. Division, sometime Sunday afternoon.

Police found cabinets ransacked and office drawers rifled. The burglars also pried open a candy machine and took a small amount of cash and a VCR.

Also on Sunday, a law office at 1328 W. Mallon was entered, although there were no signs of forced entry.

A laptop computer, portable telephone and a cashier’s check were stolen.

Thief takes beer

A shoplifter made off with two cases of beer from the Maid O’Clover on North Hamilton last Wednesday morning. An off-duty clerk was threatened when he chased the shoplifter from the store.

The off-duty clerk told police a man walked into the store and picked up two cases of beer. The clerk said he recognized the man from a previous theft, and the clerk moved to block the door.

When the shoplifter attempted to leave without paying for the beer, the clerk tried to stop him. The shoplifter kicked him and ran away, police said.

The clerk followed and a second man joined the shoplifter outside. One of the two told the clerk he had a knife and would cut him if he followed. The pair ran east and disappeared between two houses.

The clerk who was on-duty at the time witnessed the incident.

Three car engines stolen

Burglars stole three expensive engines from the Camp Chevrolet parts lot at 2438 N. Ruby last week.

Police responded to a call from the company Thursday morning and found the thieves had forced open a locked gate at the site. The burglars used a hand truck to move three separately-boxed high performance engines from a storage area to a loading dock. The three engines were valued at more than $8,000. Nothing else was reported missing.

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