Burglaries being investigated

Amarillo, Texas

by Larry Lemmons

The Amarillo Police are still investigating a string of burglaries that share a common theme.  A glass door or window is shattered to gain entry.

Police report Wednesday there were at least 33 such burglaries this week.  One more was added last night.

Police say in the last twenty-four hours only a Toot 'n Totum at Willow Creek and River Road was hit by a burglar using the same method being observed often in recent burglaries.

The K&N Rootbeer restaurant on Hobbs was one of six hit previously.  Manager Donna Barton says,  "Well, the front door was busted in and the police said whoever got in used, pushed their shoulder and got in and go my cash register and thought they were going to get money."

Businesses with glass that can be shattered easily by a rock might consider a new laminate material that resists impact. It's being used on the windows at Outdoor Element Sports at the Mayco Center.

Shawn Johnston of High Tech Window Tinting says, "The actual product is made by, they measure in square inch per pounds so in a square inch, inch by inch, per pounds, this particular product has 240 pounds per square inch. so that means when a guy throws a rock through this window, when it enters in, the micro-technology actually increases."

Police say that's one thing business owners can do.  Lighting is also helpful.

Sgt. Brent Barbee of the Amarillo Police Department says "Darkness is a burglar's friend so the best thing you can do is apply a lot of light to your exteriors, especially above points of entry like doors or windows."