GREENVILLE, SC – Greenville Police confirmed Monday they are looking for a man who may be responsible for burglarizing a half a dozen businesses on Augusta Street and possibly more on Pelham Road and in surrounding cities.
According to Police, the burglaries happened within the past 2 weeks where the suspect was seen on surveillance breaking through the glass doors to gain entry.
He’s described as a white male between 5’10” and 6′ and was wearing a hood with a mask during the break-in’s.
“If we can find this individual, he typically will strike within the early morning hours so we’re just asking anyone out there if they see anything unusual or if they see an individual matching this description, call law enforcement and let us do our job,” Donald Porter of the Greenville Police Department said Monday.
Bentley Mitchell, owner of the clothing store Labels on Augusta Street told 7 News she’s had her store burglarized twice within the past 2 months.
She said it started in February when a man was inside her store at around 11:30am.
“I had walked over to see if I could help him pull some hand bags down, when I realized he had popped one up and was not looking at it, but going for another one and I screamed, ‘Stop give that back!'” Mitchell said.
The second burglary happened in March when Mitchell said she came to work, only to find her glass door shattered.
The same was the case at the fitness studio next door.
“Pure Barre… they got hit as well with glass through the front door, and they went after our cash drawer this time. I thought it was more of a random act but when we saw the surveillance video he had on gloves, he had on a mask, and it just looked a lot more premeditated than I originally assumed,” she said. “It’s just scary.”
The second robbery at Labels was one of the latest in the rash of robberies that happened in that two week time span.
According to incident reports obtained by WSPA 7 News, Donut Experiment, Roots, Palmetto Olive Oil Co and Identity on Congaree Road were also targeted.
Police advised Monday that business owners should lock their doors at night, set their alarm systems and consider investing in surveillance camera’s until someone is caught.
Porter also told 7-News it is wise for business owners to lock up their valuables, including cash, and consider bringing it home at night instead of leaving it in the store.