Crooks caught on camera burglarizing Portsmouth fast food restaurants

Surveillance video footage recovered a burglary that occurred in Portsmouth, Va. on September 11, 2014 (Photo credit: Portsmouth Police)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Police are searching for a pair of crooks believed to be responsible for several restaurant burglaries happening throughout the Portsmouth area in the past week.

Portsmouth Police detectives said the burglaries have occurred in the George Washington Highway corridor, in the Cradock section of the city. According to detectives the burglaries are occurring overnight, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. Police said the thieves have broken into the drive-thru windows and removed the cash registers from at least three businesses.

The following businesses have been targeted:

On Sept. 6, the KFC/Taco Bell, located in the 5000 block of George Washington Highway, was burglarized between the hours of 1:45 a.m. and 8 a.m.

On Sept. 8, the Burger King, located in the 4100 block of George Washington Highway, was burglarized between the hours of 12:45 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

On Sept. 11, the Popeye’s Chicken restaurant, located in the 3700 block of George Washington Highway, was burglarized between the hours of 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. During this incident, police said, surveillance video shows one suspect letting another man inside the restaurant. The two subjects then fled after unsuccessfully attempting to remove a safe inside the restaurant’s office.

Anyone with information about these burglaries are asked to call the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Tipsters never have to give their name or testify in court. If a tipster’s information leads to an arrest they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

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