Around $10,000 of tools and a safe were stolen during several recent burglaries in the Kennewick area.
At least three residential and commercial burglaries were reported Tuesday, including multiple houses under construction, according to police.
A construction company owner reported that a cargo trailer was broken into on Thompson Hill and tools were stolen. The company is a building a home in the area.
Another construction worker reported break-ins at two houses on the 3000 block of South Dennis Place. The break-ins could have happened anywhere between 6 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. the following day.
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Both units are under construction and a site foreman reported that nothing was missing.
The owner of Taco Time on West Clearwater Avenue told police that an unidentified man got into the restaurant Tuesday night and took a safe.
The burglary was caught on a surveillance camera and showed the suspect entering through a back door, police said. Officers found no sign of forced entry and it’s possible the man used a key.
The suspect tried to open the safe with a code, but eventually loaded it into a dark colored Grand Jeep Cherokee. Another suspect was caught on camera driving the vehicle.
Police have not yet identified any suspects in the break-ins.
Residential burglaries in Kennewick are up 14 percent through the first six months of 2014 and commercial burglaries are up five percent, police said.
Police are asking anyone with information on the break-ins to call the non-emergency line at 509-628-0333.