Police are investigating a string of burglaries that took place in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 28, that impacted two businesses in Belmont Heights and one near Long Beach Airport.
Among the businesses affected were Speak Cheezy at 3950 E. Fourth St. and The Breakfast Bar at 3404 E. Fourth St., police said. The two businesses are just four blocks from one another in Belmont Heights.
Three miles north, Mexican restaurant Baja Sonora, located at 2940 Clark Ave., was also hit, police said.
The businesses were all struck around 4 a.m. or 5 a.m.
At Baja Sonora, the suspect broke through the glass in the front door but did not leave with any valuables, according to owners Mike Mendelsohn and Mary Sophiea.
On Instagram, Speak Cheezy wrote that the suspect “broke into our sacred little pizza shop and made out with our safe with a substantial amount of (cash).” The Breakfast Bar said the suspect stole two registers.
There is no suspect information available at this point, but police say the three incidents bear close similarities to one another and they appear to have been carried out by the same person. Police said each incident involved a suspect wearing similar clothes and using similar tools to break into the businesses, causing damage to each property.
In surveillance video released by the LBPD, a suspect wearing a gray hoodie, gray sweatpants and a white face mask can be seen smashing through glass doors and using what appears to be a crowbar to enter the business. All incidents seem to be related, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
Anyone with additional information can contact the LBPD Burglary Detail at (562)570-7351 and anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers.”
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the neighborhood of two of the impacted restaurants.