Weekend burglary is across street from earlier break-in

Published: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10:39 a.m.

Gainesville police are investigating a series of weekend break-ins in the Thornebrook area that investigators said are similar to break-ins across the street several days ago.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tscharna Senn said the most recent break-ins were discovered Saturday night shortly before midnight when an alarm went off in one business at 2830 N.W. 41st St.

"When we got the alarm call, we discovered five other offices had also been broken into," Senn said. The offices had been rifled through, making it difficult to quickly determine exactly what may have been taken. However, Senn said a small amount of cash was reported missing.

The break-ins came less than a week after Gainesville police and Alachua County sheriff's deputies were dispatch to 4400 N.W. 23rd Ave. to investigate a half dozen business break-ins that happened late Jan. 26 or early Jan. 27. Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said the items taken when the businesses were ransacked a week ago included cash, credit cards and laptop computers.

Senn told The Sun on Monday morning that investigators from both agencies were trying to determine if the same person or people were involved in both instances.

"We have no tangible evidence of that other than the proximity of the two scenes - they are right across the street from each other," Senn said.

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call Gainesville police at 334-2470 or the Combined Communications Center at 334-2470.

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