A burglar or burglars who struck Palo Alto's downtown business district on Nov. 3 and 4 left behind fingerprints in at least two incidents after taking nearly $5,000 in cash, police said.
Burglars entered four small businesses, forcing doors and a window open and damaging cash registers in a similar pattern, Detective Sal Madrigal said.
The thieves smashed the glass front door at 585 Bryant St. and stole $3,800 cash from Bella Beauty Salon. They did $600 to $700 damage to the cash register but left fingerprints, Madrigal said.
Thieves entered Emerson Laundry Cleaners at 926 Emerson St. through a rear window, stole $400 cash and caused $200 damage to the window. Prints were also lifted from the scene, Madrigal said.
Burglars forced open the front door at 330 Lytton Ave. and stole $550 at Kanpai Sushi and forced open the back door at California Shoe and Luggage Repair at 556 Emerson St. The repair shop's owner found the door open and the deadbolt lock on the floor. Two belts totaling $100 and a black leather bag were taken, along with $100 cash, he said.
All of the businesses were secured well but they did not have surveillance video equipment or it was not working, Madrigal said. "It's the best way to catch them," he said.