Burglary suspect linked to 4 thefts in Richmond

Burglary suspect linked to 4 thefts in Richmond
Photos from surveillance at Boulevard Burgers and Brew (Source: Richmond Police)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police are looking for a man seen in surveillance photos who may be connected to four burglaries in the city.

Detectives say the suspect most recently broke into Boulevard Burgers and Brew on July 4. Surveillance video shows the suspect, forcing entry into the business around 3:45 a.m., "climbing over a railing, breaking a window to gain entry into the building and taking two cash registers."

William Query, the general manager at Boulevard Burger and Brew, says the suspect got away with two cash boxes that detectives later found.

"The detective said he found it a couple blocks away," he explained.  "Where he had broken into them, beat them up and got into the boxes but there was no cash in there."

Query says the suspect broke in through one of the restaurants smallest windows.

"It looked like he stepped away from the scene and went to get a tool, maybe a flat head screwdriver or something like that popped it out and just went right in."

The suspect is believed to be connected to three other burglaries:

  1. Around 3:10 a.m. on Monday, June 12 at Mary Angela’s Pizza at 3345 W. Cary St.
  2. Around 5 a.m. on Friday, June 30 at The Eatery at 3000 W. Cary St.
  3. Around 4 a.m. on Saturday, July 1 at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House at 4205 W. Broad Street.

Police described the suspect as "either a white male or a black male with a light complexion and short facial hair. He is tall with a slender build. At the time of the July 4 incident, he was wearing a light-colored baseball hat, a light-colored shirt, pants, and shoes. The suspect typically takes a register, tip and/or donation jar."

For new business owners in Carytown, the break-ins could be considered a wake-up call or reminder.

"I'm really prepared for anything but hopefully it doesn't happen here," said Rashawn Davis.

Two weeks ago, Davis opened Treasure Boutique, which is a short walk from The Eatery on West Cary Street. Davis says the break-ins are reinforcing his decision to have a surveillance system he can access at any time.

"I'm alerted immediately to my phone and I know what's going on and I can tell you what time it came in and what time they left," said Davis.

"Once this person has been brought to justice, I just hope we don't have any copycats that come and commit the same crime," said Davis.

Call Crime Stoppers if you have any information that can help.

Copyright 2017 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved