Six South Jeffco businesses part of early morning smash-and-grabs

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By Deborah Swearingen

Six overnight smash-and-grabs at South Jeffco businesses early Wednesday have Jefferson County officials scratching their heads.

Although the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on surveillance video to be released, spokesman Mark Techmeyer said all six break-ins involved stores with glass front doors being smashed with large rocks.

The first of the six occurred around 3:30 a.m. at a Great Clips located in the 5900 block of South Kipling Parkway. Thirty minutes later, three businesses – Sports Clips, Happy Nails and Old Vine Discount Liquor – in the 9900 block of West Remington Place were hit. Later, around 4:30 a.m., the suspect broke into Cost Cutters and Chelsea Cleaners in the 5000 block of South Kipling Parkway.

Because of the proximity of the incidents and the similar style of break-in, Techmeyer said the Sheriff’s Office is assuming all six were done by the same individual or group of people.

The Sheriff’s Office does not yet have surveillance video so it’s unable to release descriptions of the suspect or suspects. Furthermore, it does not yet know what – if anything – was taken from the businesses.

Although the Old Vine liquor store reported a smashed front door, it appears as though the suspect didn’t break all the way through. Otherwise, the Sheriff’s Office believes the suspect entered the other five businesses.

Smash-and-grab burglaries are nothing new, but Techmeyer said it’s rare to have someone hit this many in one area on one occasion.

“Smash and grabs have been around forever,” Techmeyer said, noting people are often searching for the “path of least resistance.”

However, breaking into hair and nail salons is a bit unusual.

“That’s got us scratching our heads,” he said.

Though businesses may not want to put bars on their windows for aesthetic purposes, there is super-strength glass that can help protect a business from this type of break-in. The Sheriff’s Office hopes to consult with each business individually to discuss prevention.

Anybody with information about these incidents can call the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.