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Suspects sought in string of South Lake Tahoe business burglaries

South Lake Tahoe police seek information regarding break-ins at five businesses reported during a two-day period.

Police say they believe the same individuals committed all five burglaries.

At 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a burglary at the Kmart Garden Center. Two suspects smashed the front door glass and attempted to steal the cash registers, according to a Police Department news release. They reportedly left on foot after taking an unknown amount of cash.

Police said witnesses described the suspects as males wearing gray hooded sweatshirts.

While officers were investigating that burglary, police received a call at 11:48 p.m. reporting an activation of an alarm at Ponderosa Glass on Emerald Bay Road, a few blocks from the Kmart store. Officers discovered that someone had broken into this business by smashing the glass front door. While searching for suspects, officers found that someone had kicked in the front door of an adjacent business associated with Barton Hospital. Police said Ponderosa Glass reported a loss of approximately $200 in cash. It has not been determined what was stolen from the Barton Hospital location.

About 8 a.m. Thursday, police received two reports of burglaries, one at the Enchanted Florists on Emerald Bay Road and the other at the Auto Bazar on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. Both locations are in close proximity to the other burglaries and doors at these business had been forced open by kicking or smashing glass, police said. An iPhone was reported stolen from the Auto Bazar and a laptop computer was taken from Enchanted Florists.

Police remind businesses that have surveillance systems to make sure the systems are working properly and are of high quality. Poor quality surveillance systems, they said, may limit investigators’ ability to identify suspects.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100 or Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.