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Published October 06, 2009, 05:39 PM

Recent Burglaries Concern Business Owners

So far ten Devils Lake businesses and Burdick Arena have been broken into. This has raised concerns with business owners.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

So far ten Devils Lake businesses and Burdick Arena have been broken into.

This has raised concerns with business owners.

Whether they've been broken into or not...business owners say they're scared their business will be the next one targeted. But they're taking steps to prevent that from happening.

It was business as usual today at Proz End of the Line bar. But a broken ATM hidden in a closet is a reminder of the break in that happened one month ago today.

Dick Prozinski: "They were in here and out before the cleaners got here, so it seems like these guys are pretty well organized and know people's time schedules."

A large amount of cash from the gaming area was stolen. Like in many of the other burglaries, a safe was broken. This isn't the only similarity.

Police say they think the burglaries may be connected. In many of the cases the burglars forced their way into the businesses through a back door like this one

Sue Schwab: "We have not completely assessed them as being the same person, but there are a lot of similarities."

The police surveillance video of the suspect from an earlier break-in. He's described as possibly under 6 feet tall and having a medium build.

Shane Diseth: "I'm very scared, beefing up security, trying to keep no money around."

Even business owners like Diseth who haven't been targeted have been impacted by the recent break-ins. And those who have are trying to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Dick Prozinski: "We've updated our camera systems and we make sure that all the cash is locked away."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime-stoppers at 701 662 0739.

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