Columbus police are on the lookout after a string of business and break-ins were reported along Sawmill Road, near state Route 161.
Columbus police took action on Thursday and held a crime strategy meeting.
Surveillance video showed two suspects getting cash from a register at a restaurant on Sawmill Road. Thieves smashed a window to get into the business.
It's a pattern Columbus police are tracking in certain pockets of the city.
Police said that they are seeing an increase in commercial burglaries and have a reason to believe they are connected.
The majority of the crimes involve broken glass and most have taken place late on Wednesday and Saturday nights.
Fourteen crimes have fit that description since July 1.
At least half a dozen businesses affected since Sunday have some store owners a bit on edge.
A Subway restaurant window was replaced on Wednesday after it was smashed. The only reason criminals did not get inside was because of metal bars.
India Oak Grill in Clintonville also was recently broken into.
"The door used to have a handle on it," said Karen Gill, the owner of India Oak. "Every day, it seems I hear that another business got broken into."
She said she has surveillance video of a male suspect with a crowbar. In the video, he eyeballs the security camera.
A few weeks later, a man in a hooded sweatshirt appeared. Entry is made through the back by what appears to be a female wearing the hooded sweatshirt.
The suspect rips down the register, toppling liquor bottles off the shelf.
Gill said it took several thousand dollars in repairs. They lost more than just money, though.
"I now sit up at night sometimes and bring my cameras up at home just to make sure nobody's messing around outside the building," she said.
Gill calls it a nice neighborhood but with an element that needs to be stopped.
Police said to help, business owners should leave as many lights on as possible. They should also take the cash out of the register and leave the drawer on top.
Doing that could prevent further damage.
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