Smash-and-grab burglars hit two sandwich shops in northwest Denver

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DENVER -- Two break-ins occurred at two sandwich shops within a five-block radius in the Berkeley neighborhood early Monday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

Il Porcellino’s and Snarf’s sandwich shop were victims to smash-and-grabs, but the criminals got away with pretty much nothing.

“As far as I know, they shot through the front door and it was a smash-and-grab. They came in and grabbed the cash box, which was empty, grabbed some sodas out of the case and were on their way,” Il porcellino salumi co-owner Brian Albano said.

Il porcellino salumi, located at West 41st Avenue and Tennyson Street, will have to replace a broken glass door and a cash register, but knows it could have been much worse.

“There’s a lot of time that goes into working here, that it could have been a lot worse,” Albano said about their large selection of cured meat. “They could have damaged everything in there and we’d be out of business for months.”

Snarf’s, located near West 38th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard, also said it feels fortunate that nobody was injured and nothing was stolen.

Denver police investigators said they don’t believe the smash-and-grabs are a trend in the quaint northwest Denver neighborhood, but it is concerning.

“These are very quick entry very quick exit type of burglaries,” police spokesman Doug Schepman said. “So it’s concerning to us and we obviously want to catch the folks responsible for it.”

Schepman also said detectives are working to see if the two crimes are connected.

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