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Burglars hit 3 businesses, take $14,000 property

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Three businesses in different areas of Columbus were discovered burglarized on the same day, resulting in about $14,000 worth of store property taken, police said.

At 8 a.m. Monday, a burglary was reported on the city’s far east side at Raft To Rafters, 5780 25th St., according to a Columbus Police Department media release.

An $8,000 spa dolly and a $5,000 Saratoga spa were stolen from a fenced storage area between Friday night and Monday morning. The missing items were discovered after employees arrived to open the business, police said in the statement.

Three hours later, on the city’s far west side, a burglary involving $900 worth of merchandise was reported at Sam’s Club, 2715 Merchant Mile, said Columbus Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers.

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batteries, worth about $15 apiece, were reported stolen at 11:18 a.m. from inside the store’s automotive department, Myers said. The culprits broke a lock and removed a chain that was being used to secure the batteries, he said.

At 10:52 p.m., a burglary was reported at Kramer’s Restaurant, 1606 Central Ave., by an employee of an adjoining business, Myers said. Shortly after the employee noticed loud banging and thumping coming from the north side door of the restaurant, he heard a security alarm go off and called police, Myers said.

When officers arrived, they found the side door had been pried open, but investigators believe the alarm scared off the burglars before they were able to take anything of value, Myers said.

Anyone with information on the burglaries can contact the Columbus Police Department at 376-2600. Anonymous tips are accepted.

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