Lincoln Police are investigating a slew of burglaries that happened earlier this week.
Le' Nails, on North 11th Street, was the first business hit and police said employees found the front window broken around 8 a.m. Manicure items, nail polish, and cash were taken from the store resulting in more than $3,000 dollars in losses.
The owners of African Market on North 27th street discovered a break in at their store around 10:30 AM. More than $10,000 of Yemen hair extensions and cash were taken from the store.
Lobo City Mex, also on 27th street, was the last business hit around 2:15 a.m. Friday morning. When police arrived on the scene,
the front window was broken and a safe containing more than $4,000 was gone. Owners at Lobo's were shocked that rash crimes were happening, when crime in the area has been relatively low.
"I was pretty surprised, I mean we've been broken into before but it's been a couple of years since this happened," said Raul Lobo.
"It's a little bit of a let down. My father works really hard and he's owned this store for about 20 years so for somebody to come in and just take something like that is hard."
While police confirm there has been a recent spike in commercial burglaries, Lincoln Police Officer Kate Flood told 1011 news that so far in 2013, commercial burglaries are actually down 25%.
"This is a slight uptake in commercial burglaries this past week, but overall in comparison to last year, they're down," said Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood. "So far this year we've seen 167 commercial burglaries, but around this time in 2012, there were 225."
While the Lincoln Police Department has not determined if the cases are related, they do have one similarity: all suspects broke in through a front glass door or window.
If you have any information related to this case, please contact Crimestoppers at (402)-475-3600.