Star file photo Crossroads Family Restaurant was one of several businesses broken into Nov. 15.

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Local businesses target of break-ins

Published 2:24pm Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Local law enforcement agencies are investigating a series of break-ins that have been occurring in the Niles area.

At least four local business were hit by smash and grab type break-ins in the early morning hours of Nov. 15.

Crossroads Family Restaurant owner Cindy Wolkens said her business at 1201 Barron Lake Rd. was broken into early Nov. 15. The front door was smashed in and cash of an unknown amount was taken.

The East Main Diner, 1668 E. Main St., was also broken into Nov. 15, according to owner Dannelle Mody. She said cash was taken and the side door was damaged.

The Prime Table, 1915 S. 11th St., and China One, 724 S. 11th St., were also broken into early Nov. 15, according to the owners. Both businesses sustained front door damage. About $500 was taken from a China One cash register. Nothing was taken from Prime Table.

Ken’s Discount Sales, 2209 11th St., was broken into at around 3:45 a.m. Nov. 21. Owner Ken Parritt said guns were stolen and there was damage to the front windows and back door. He said someone also stole guns from his business during a break-in back in January.

Berrien County Sheriff’s Dept. Det. Greg Sanders said the break-ins are being investigated.

“With the cooperation of other local agencies, we’ve gotten leads on several suspects and that is who we are going after right now,” Sanders said. “Several are still out, so we are trying to track them down.”

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