FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Fayetteville police are attempting to identify the person responsible for a string of business burglaries – mostly at Asian restaurants – throughout the city.
Detectives with the department’s property unit have identified as least 15 burglaries believed to have been committed by the same suspect since November 2016.
Police said in each incident, the assailant gains access after business hours by breaking a window or glass door.
“When this suspect first started breaking into these restaurants, he was targeting primarily Bragg Boulevard and the Ramsey Street area. Since then he has branched out to city wide. He’s also believed to be responsible for break-in at Hope Mills,” said Shawn Strepay with Fayetteville police.
Police have released pictures of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle in hopes that someone will recognize the person or their vehicle, which is believed to be a 2011-2014 Ford Focus hatchback with tinted windows.
“The Suspect knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s smart. He’s strategic, He’s doing certain things to avoid surveillance cameras,” Strepay said. “This suspect has done a few things to indicate he may have committed crimes in the past.”
Business owners are advised to take heed, secure their property and remove valuables including cash from the restaurant each night.
Anyone with information regarding the burglaries, the suspect, or the suspect’s vehicle is asked to contact detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department or Crimestoppers. Crimestoppers offers cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to the arrest of suspect(s).
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect(s) or the burglary investigations is asked to contact Detective A. Dickinson with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 709-7812 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type “4Tip” followed by your message).