Burbank shops targeted in early-morning smash-and-grab burglary spree

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BURBANK, Calif. (KNX) — Several small retail establishments were burglarized in the early hours of Friday morning in Burbank’s Magnolia Park area.

Burbank police officers responded to a call of alarm activation at around 2:40 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Magnolia Boulevard. There, they found at least four businesses were burglarized.

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Two of the businesses hit were clothing boutiques, one was a hardware store. The suspects fled with registers and jewelry, according to police. At one boutique, thieves appeared to  have entered by shattering a glass front door.

It was not known how many suspects were involved. No arrests had been made as of 6 a.m. on Friday.

The burglaries are the latest in a series of smash-and-grab robberies that have rocked merchants in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas in recent weeks.

"We're still in the early stages of our investigation, but we think these most likely were commercial burglaries and these stores were targeted because they were closed," Burbank Police Lt. Derek Green told City News Service.

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