Three business burglaries on Manchester's Elm Street
MANCHESTER — Police are seeking the people responsible for three Elm Street store break-ins Tuesday morning. The businesses are Antiques on Elm, Midtown Cafe, and Granite State Candy Shop.
Although the first alarm was at about 3:20 a.m. at Antiques on Elm, 321 Elm St., video surveillance obtained by police show a man walking along Elm Street earlier in the morning, checking business doors and breaking into the Midtown Cafe about 40 minutes earlier than the antiques store burglary.
The first burglary occurred at about 2:40 a.m., when surveillance shows a man prying open the door to the Midtown Cafe, 814 Elm St. That burglary was discovered and police called at about 6:30 a.m., an hour before the cafe opens to the public.
The front door of the building was pried open, an interior door to the cafe forced open and the cash register pried open and cash taken. Another burglary was also discovered not far away at the Granite State Candy Shop, 832 Elm St.
That video shows a man who appears to be white, about 6 feet tall, clean shaven, wearing dark-framed glasses, black pullover sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, and gray pants.
While those burglaries occurred first, they were not discovered until after the 3:20 a.m. alarm brought police to Antiques on Elm, where the front glass door was shattered with a rock and a glass display case just inside the door shattered and ransacked.
Video at the antiques store shows a white male, about 6 feet tall, average build, wearing a green jacket, gray pants and a black knit hat, using a rock to shatter the door and then reach inside to unlock the door.
Police are asking anyone with information about the burglaries to contact Manchester Police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at www.manchestercrimeline.org.