Three Columbia stores broken into overnight

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | 1:56 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Three east Columbia businesses were burgled early Wednesday morning, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said in an email.

At 3:31 a.m., officers were dispatched to investigate an alarm at the Home Depot located at 3215 Clark Lane.

"There is no mention of broken glass in the dispatch notes and the report has not been done yet," Stroer said in the email. 

At 4:55 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Bee Line Snack Shop at 912 Old 63 S, after the front glass window of the business was broken.

"Further investigation is on and no additional details are available about this incident," Stroer said in the email.

At 5:49 a.m., officers received a burglary report about a broken front glass door and stolen cash registers at Roly Poly, 2609 E. Broadway, Suite 204.

Paul Tabaka, who called himself the store owner, manager and dishwasher, said the break-in occurred at around 1 a.m. He said the entire burglary, which was recorded on surveillance cameras, took place in 30 seconds.

"He broke the glass with a chunk of concrete, grabbed the register and ripped it until the wire broke," he said.

Tabaka reported a loss of around $1,100.

"From the footage it looked like the man wore a brown, long-sleeved shirt and covered his face with a stocking," Tabaka said. 

Police are still investigating the three incidents, Stroer said.

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