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Published 3:46pm Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Three businesses on Kowaliga Road and another in Titus were hit by unsuccessful burglaries in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

Subway in Eclectic, Cotton’s Barbecue and Nail’s Convenience store each had the front door glass shattered and empty cash registers and drawers rifled through in an apparent search for cash, according to Eclectic Police Chief Robert Head and Elmore County Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery.

All four burglaries occurred in a three-hour window between midnight and 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Head said video surveillance at Subway appears to show a white male with his face covered breaking in and looking for money in the cash register. Finding none, he was back out the door in less than a minute.

Another business on Titus Road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 231 was the target of a similar break-in.

“Based on the method of entry and the proximity in time, we’re thinking they’re all connected,” Lowery said.

Head said EPD investigators are reviewing video footage from Subway and surrounding businesses looking for a suspect vehicle or other information.

Head said the four burglaries seemed “almost simultaneous,” but could not confirm whether there was one or multiple suspects.

In none of the cases, Lowery said, was anything stolen and the break-ins seemed focused exclusively on currency. None of the businesses had left cash inside the building overnight.

Anyone with information about the break-ins, or who might have seen any individual or vehicle near the locations around that time, are asked to call the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department at 334-567-5227.

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