Arapahoe County businesses hit in smash-and-grab burglaries

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- At least eight businesses were hit in smash-and-grab burglaries early Monday morning, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said.

Three stores were hit in the 19700 block of East Smoky Hill Road; two in the 20200 block of East Smoky Hill Road; and one each in the 5600 block of South Gibraltar Way, 8400 block of East Iliff Avenue and 2100 block of South Parker Road.

Among the stores there hit were a Starbucks, Great Clips, Fontana Sushi, Anthony's Pizza, Classic Cuts hair salon and Thai Panda.

It's part of an ongoing tally of smash-and-grabs in the Denver metro area.

Law enforcement officials said burglars used a rock or brick to break the glass, jump into the stores, grab the cash registers and get out.

There have been at least 80 smash-and-grabs in the Denver metro area since the beginning of the year, including at least 20 in the Aurora area.

Some of the thieves are brazen, showing their faces to surveillance cameras.

Law enforcement officials said they are working with other agencies in the metro area to put together crime patters and information on repeat offenders.

Law enforcement said five people have carried out 30 smash-and-grabs.

The Monday morning smash-and-grabs were done by three men in hoodies, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said.

Business owners say the experiences have left them feeling vulnerable and frustrated, especially considering how quickly burglars can get in and out with the cash.

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