LENOX -- Police are investigating a series of at least eight break-ins reported by businesses in the downtown historic district. Several establishments reported cash stolen that had been left in registers overnight.
Officers on the overnight shift early Wednesday discovered four of the breaks. A thief or thieves made off with less than $250 in cash from Lenox Coffee at 52A Main St.
Other businesses targeted included the Shear Design hair salon, where a window was broken but perpetrators were unable to gain entry; Second Home, a business at 53 Church St., where nothing was found missing, police said, and Dr. Clifford Snyder's dental practice at 86 Church St., also with no items reported missing.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, police responded to an alarm activated at Eviva, a clothing boutique at 22 Walker St. Officers found a rear cellar door had been forced open, but no losses were reported.
On Wednesday morning, two more businesses reported overnight breaks -- including That's a Wrap, a food establishment at 18 Franklin St., where owners discovered a broken door and window, as well as less than $250 missing from the register.
Police also reported a break-in at the Gifted Child toy shop, 72 Church St., but no further details were available immediately.
Earlier this week at the Colorful Stitches knitting boutique, 48 Main St., a forced entry through a smashed window resulted in the theft of about $750, police reported. The incident was discovered at midday Sunday and apparently occurred during the previous overnight period.
As for leads, Police Chief Stephen O'Brien said: "We're following up on some information gleaned during the early Wednesday midnight shift."
O'Brien urged anyone with information, especially potential clues developed from video surveillance systems, to contact the police station at 413-637-2346.
Editor's Clarification: Second Home, a business at 53 Church St. in Lenox, was among the seven stores broken into on Tuesday night. It is described by its owner, Suzannah Van Schaick, as a "boutique featuring upcycled home furnishings and accessories." It is not a real estate firm, as reported in Thursday's Eagle.
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