Suspects sought in string of smash-and-grab burglaries

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- A bunch of brazen burglaries has business owners in one part of town on edge.

Even though a suspect has been caught on camera, there still have been no arrests in the smash-and-grab burglaries at three strip malls at 35th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

Boards mark where burglars smashed the window at the American Legion. Behind the bar is the rock the crooks used.

The manager, Michelle Gongora, says the registers were empty, so the burglars went for the ATM and the lottery machine.

And after all that, they got away with some quarters from the bar, but it cost the struggling nonprofit more than $1,000 in damages they can't afford.

Gongora says, "This broken window was like having a broken heart."

Across the street at Lenny's Burger Shop, the smash-and-grab break-in was caught on tape. A man in a hoodie is seen smashing a window with a rock, running into the business, ripping a register out of the wall, and running back out of the broken window with the register under his arm.

The register was empty, but replacing it and repairing the window cost the shop almost $1,000.

Phoenix police are investigating and have stepped up patrols in the area.