Police investigating 11 break-ins at businesses across Nashville

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A bicycle shop near Belle Meade is one of the businesses that was targeted. (WSMV) A bicycle shop near Belle Meade is one of the businesses that was targeted. (WSMV)
Thieves broke into Whitt's Barbecue on Lebanon Pike. (WSMV) Thieves broke into Whitt's Barbecue on Lebanon Pike. (WSMV)
Baskin Robbins on Lebanon Pike was also hit during the crime wave. (WSMV) Baskin Robbins on Lebanon Pike was also hit during the crime wave. (WSMV)
Jersey Mike's on Lebanon Pike was also targeted. (WSMV) Jersey Mike's on Lebanon Pike was also targeted. (WSMV)
The Pizza Hut on Lebanon Pike had its window smashed in. (WSMV) The Pizza Hut on Lebanon Pike had its window smashed in. (WSMV)
BELLE MEADE, TN (WSMV) -

Police are investigating a rash of break-ins at at least 11 businesses across the greater Nashville area.

In west Nashville near Belle Meade, the thieves hit Sperry's Mercantile market and a Papa Murphy's pizza shop. Two other businesses a few blocks away, Gran Fondo Cycles and Michaelangelo's Pizza, were also burglarized. The thieves reportedly targeted the businesses' cash registers.

In Donelson, the front door at the Baskin Robbins on Lebanon Pike was smashed in. Several other restaurants, including Pizza Hut, Whitt's Barbecue, Bamboo Garden and Jersey Mike's were also hit during the spree.

Over in the Germantown area, Red Bicycle Coffee and Tempered Cafe & Chocolate were also broken into.

“It’s disheartening because we’re a small, family-owned shop,” said Kimberly Wolff, owner of Tempered Café & Chocolate. “This is our livelihood. Everything we had went into this business. It hurts.”

Other people whose businesses were hit are shaken and frustrated.

“This is a problem,” said Lynn Greer, owner of Gran Fondo Cycles. “It’s just another hidden cost in what happens with drug addiction and poverty.”

It's not clear if all of the break-ins in the different parts of town are related.

Police say a rock or brick appears to have been used at each location.

“I just saw glass all over the floor and I thought this can’t be good,” said Dustin Davis, manager at Whitt’s Barbecue. “What’s going on?”

“We’re just going to keep operating as usual and hopefully something like this won’t happen again,” Wolff said.

Police have asked every location for their surveillance video if they have any as they work to identify the suspects.

A safe and two cash registers totaling $800 were taken at Red Bicycle Coffee. A total inventory of what was taken from the 11 businesses is still unknown.

Stay with News 4 for updates on this developing story.

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