String of 20 burglaries prompts increased patrols in Greenville city & county shopping plazas

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GREENVILLE Co., SC –  Law enforcement officers in Greenville city and county said Wednesday they are increasing patrols around shopping areas, after more than 20 businesses have fallen victim to burglaries within the past 2 months.

According to the Greenville Police Department, one person may be responsible for all of the break-ins, based on how the individual is executing the crimes.

“The time of day is very similar, it’s early morning hours typically,” said spokesperson Donald Porter. “The method of entry, which is breaking the glass in the front door and gaining entry that way. And their primary motivation seems to be cash.”  

7-News originally reported that police were investigating about a half dozen break-ins in the Augusta Road area.

After collaborating with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Porter said that it became evident that similar burglaries were occurring throughout the county, including Simpsonville and Greer.

At Paisano’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant on Pelham Road, employee’s were left with a dented register after a break-in that happened on April 6th at around 4:20am.

“I got the call from the burglar alarm company that we had a break-in,” said restaurant owner James Chulkas. “I come over here and I see the front door smashed in.”

Chulkas indicated he caught the perpetrator on surveillance camera, though the suspect’s face was covered.

“Just busted through the glass front doors, comes in, goes directly to the register and looks through there, went into the office and then out the door. He knew what he was doing.”  

Next door, Two Chef’s Restaurant was also targeted. 

Greenville Police are now asking business owners to take cash out of registers at night, keep outside lights on, use surveillance camera’s and to invest in alarm systems if they don’t have them already.

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