A long-sought-after suspect is thought to be behind a burglary that occurred Wednesday morning at , Palo Alto police said Thursday.
Early Wednesday morning, the suspect entered the business on 2313 Birch St., stealing cash and a bicycle.
The same suspect, according to police, is tied to a string of commercial burglaries dating back to 2009 in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View and other cities. Locally, he is believed to be responsible for break-ins and robberies of 10 businesses.
The burglaries have mostly occurred at small businesses and saloons, police said. The suspect usually enters the business through the rear door or window in the early morning hours.
Palo Alto detectives are analyzing evidence, but the suspect has not yet been identified. Police believe he has also burglarized businesses in Mountain View, Los Altos, Monterey, Beverly Hills and San Mateo.
Local business owners should lock all doors and windows overnight, use video surveillance systems and keep exterior lights turned on, said Palo Alto police.
Anyone with information about these burglaries can call detectives at 650-329-2128. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or anonymous voicemails and text messages can be sent to 650-383-8984.
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