Petaluma Police Investigating Rash of Commercial Burglaries

Usually strike at night, stealing cash register, then discarding it offsite

Police are investigating a rash of commercial burglaries that have occurred in Petaluma over the past month.

These include nighttime break-ins at Lumberjacks, Buffalo Wings and Beri Yummy Yogurt, all on East Washington Street and Irma’s Beauty Salon and the Alano Club, both on Petaluma Boulevard North.

In most of the incidents, burglars broke the front window and took the cash register, which was later found discarded. One store left its windows open, which the burglar used to access the premises.

There has also been an increase in residential burglaries, bringing the total of home and commercial  break-ins to 39 since August, according to Petaluma police. That more than double the 15 commercial and home burglaries reported in the same timeframe last year.

“This is a reminder for businesses to lock your windows, don’t leave cash overnight and leave the light on,” said Lt. Tim Lyons, a police spokesman.

Are you concerned about crime in your neighborhood? Let us know by contacting Local Editor Karina Ioffee at karina@patch.com

Bradford A Morris November 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
OK let's keep giving tickets and doing the big comand Dui set up and keep buying car's, trucks, equip> etc. for the police dept instead of doing more protrol and preventing crime! Another part of Petaluma management not working. Big box stores can take the hits better then a small bussiness owners. Hey Police cheif. go after the gangs , leave the regular kids alone, stop so many tickets and ways to get more money for the city and do your job to protect the city and bussiness owners from crime. I know being the big bad bully to the good people of Petaluma is safer and generates more money. LOL Joke!
Michael D. Levine November 16, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I am sorry to hear about this recent rash. I think there is a lotion or topical cream that can help.
Sean Simons November 17, 2012 at 08:15 AM
I'm thinking I will set up a security camera in my house. Easy to do with a spare old computer and a web cam.
Daren Holliday November 17, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Unlike Mr Brad up top, I feel that the police are doing a fine job. My personal opinion is that extra patrols won't solve the break ins. They would help a tiny bit but really, to have a cop drive by my house 4 times in a night instead of zero to one time is not going to stop someone from breaking in. Business should just get an ADT system. Homeowners should just get an ADT system and a shotgun.


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