Police search for link in Kennewick restaurant burglaries

Kennewick police are investigating whether two business burglaries that happened while the restaurants were closed are related.

The first break-in was at Pizza Hut at 7605 W. Deschutes Ave. The second was at The King and I restaurant at 6030 W. Clearwater Ave.

Pizza Hut manager Karen Hackett said the burglary happened sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning, Sgt. Ken Lattin said.

The burglars broke out one of the front glass doors, cut the phone lines inside the restaurant and stole quarters from two video game coin boxes, Lattin said.

The control panel on the safe had also been pried, but the burglars could not open it.

Josesfina Wannarachue, manager of the Thai restaurant, reported that someone broke out the rear glass door of the business sometime early Monday or late Sunday, Lattin said.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

Fingerprints from the scene were sent to the crime lab for identification, Lattin said.

Investigators say the break-ins may be related because the businesses are near each other and the burglars used a similar method to get inside.