Rash of NODA break-ins, police say suspect after cash

- NODA businesses are on high alert after at least three restaurants had their windows broken with rocks.

It’s the fourth time in a week a business in the NODA neighborhood has been broken into. Police held a press conference late Monday afternoon and believe the cases from over the weekend are connected.

They don’t have any suspects in custody, but business owners are on the lookout.

“When you do this to one business it affects all of us. We all jump in and we all try to help out as much as possible,” said Joey Hewell from The Company Store. 

Howell is fed up after three break ins in a matter of days. Crepe Cellar had its front door shattered Sunday morning. Across the street, Jack Beagles and Cabo Fish Taco had the same experience Monday morning.

Police believe the suspects motive is to steal cash.

“We don’t keep cash in the cash register. We just keep the coins in there. So they really just got coins. Quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies,” said an employee from Cabo Fish Taco.

It was a small getaway, but an even bigger cleanup.

“A broken window that we have to pay $500 for when they don’t even get $10. That’s senseless. That don’t make no sense to me,” the employee said.

Businesses throughout NODA remain puzzled. Teresa Hernandez says she leaves her cash register wide open at night to show any potential criminal there is no cash inside.

That’s just one of a number of security procedures she has.

“I have never even considered opening my store. I have had it for 11 years. I’ve never considered running it without security system,” said Hernandez.

A security system for many business owners in NODA also includes a security camera. Just last week, someone was caught on camera breaking in to The Company Store.

“We have an understanding to how tall he is, what he wears,” said Joey Hewell

That suspect is also still on the run, but the NODA community is adamant the criminals will be caught.

“For us and this kind of community for someone to come along in the past week and feel like they can break in to all these places night after night and not have any repercussions I feel like that’s something our community takes very seriously,” said Hewell.

Police say they are unsure if the case from last week is related to what happened over the weekend. In the meantime, CMPD says they will be increasing patrols in the NODA neighborhood.

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