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Lodi police suspect a link in recent commercial burglaries

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:00 am

Lodi police believe the same culprits are responsible for a string of commercial burglaries early Wednesday morning.

Around 3:30 a.m., officers responded to Tabby Wireless, located at 523 W. Harney Lane, after reports of a burglary. At the scene, officers discovered that a car had driven through the front of the business, allowing thieves to steal cellphone equipment, Lodi Police Sgt. Doug Chinn said.

Around 4:30 a.m., officers responded to a martial arts studio, at 412 W. Lodi Ave., and found that a cinderblock had been through the front window of the business. Next door, officers noticed that the front window of Smog 4 Less, located at 422 W. Lodi Ave., had also been smashed.

Officers were able to confirm that money was taken from Smog 4 Less, Chinn said.

Later that morning, officers discovered that the front window of Prime Shine, located at 302 W. Kettleman Lane, had also been smashed, but it’s unknown how much money was stolen, Chinn said.

Officers caught a break when they found an abandoned car that was likely used in the burglaries half a mile from Prime Shine. However, officers have been unable to find the owner and believe the vehicle, which is from Stockton, could also be stolen.

This latest string of break-ins is the latest in a series of burglaries at Lodi businesses in recent weeks.

On Sept. 9, shortly after 3 a.m., thieves smashed the front windows of two wireless stores — Simply Mobile, at 306 N. Ham Lane, and Wireless Stars, at 615 S. Cherokee Lane.

One day earlier, thieves burglarized Econo Gas and Tokay Market, stealing an unknown amount of money, according to Lodi police.

As they did after the series of burglaries earlier this month, Lodi police plan to increase patrolling in areas that could be targets of burglars.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is encouraged to call the Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727 or Lodi Crime Stoppers at 209-369-2746.

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