Stow crime wave: Police investigating rash of coordinated, nighttime break-ins

Stow crime wave: Police investigating rash of coordinated, nighttime break-ins

STOW, OH (WOIO) - A bold burglar is targeting local businesses in Stow,

The suspect breaks in at night, searches for cash and disables or steals surveillance equipment.

Stow police report there have been nine break-ins since late February, all connected, and the latest took place Sunday night into Monday morning at the Shoppes of Stow on State Route 91.

Kristie Warner is a co-owner of the Gavin Scott Salon in the plaza, and realized early Monday morning they had been robbed after the crook used a crow bar to get in the back door.

“I cannot even believe he got in here, we protect ourselves, we think we protect ourselves, but you don’t really know what they’re capable of doing,” Warner said.

The suspect stole about $500 from the cash drawer and must have noticed the surveillance cameras because he searched for, found, and stole the DVR for the security system.

“I think that’s what makes me the most angry, because we just put in an entirely new camera system,” Warner said.

Also Sunday night into Monday morning, The Tavern of Stow was robbed, and so was Ms. Miki’s Gymnastics Center.

Miki Konich was driving to work Monday morning when the police called and told her there was a break-in, she had to pull over to take in the bad news.

The good news was that the gymnastics equipment was not destroyed and she had no cash on hand.

“The whole day I was just sick to my stomach, I didn’t even want to work, I can’t believe somebody just did this to me,” Konich said.

She’ll have to replace the front door to the center as it was destroyed during the break-in.

Stow police did release a brief surveillance video that was recorded at one of the other nine locations, but it’s hard to make out the suspect.

Summit County Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

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