PORTLAND, Ore. -- Seven businesses were vandalized and broken into along Northeast Alberta Street early Thursday morning. In each case the culprit got away with little or no cash but left a huge mess behind.
At Northeast 31st Avenue, restaurants Vita Cafe, Urdaneta and The Big Egg were hit. Police were first sent to the scene just after 4:30 a.m.
"Along these three storefronts in the cluster here, the glass front doors were all smashed in and the cash box was taken," said Vita Cafe owner Chris Myers. "We don't usually keep much in it. But it's just a ton of glass to clean up."
"We'll board up the window, open at 9 like any other Thursday," he said. "It's a small interruption, but you've got to keep going. Business as usual."
But that's not the case for The Big Egg. The damage to the door and mess inside the business is so severe, they had to close for the day.
"It's kind of a wacky world we live in right now. Keep your eyes peeled! You know, take care of each other, be nice. Please be nice to everybody," said Gail Buchanan, one of the owners.
Around the corner and up 30th Avenue just past Killingsworth, Wilder Bar & Cafe and Autentica were burglarized.
At Northeast 18th Avenue, the glass was also smashed at the front doors of Zilla Sake and Random Order Coffeehouse and Bakery.
"Nothing of serious value that we know of was burgled, because nothing was really available," said Random Order employee Willy Greer. "It was just a quick smash and grab. We'll board up the door and life will go on."
Employees at Zilla Sake also said very little was taken, but that the crime was heartbreaking. They will spend most of the morning cleaning up the glass, and then they'll have to replace what was broken or taken.
"At this point, there is no solid suspect information," said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. "Preliminary information indicates that a suspect or suspects is breaking glass to make entry and steal cash drawers. If suspect information is developed and/or if useful surveillance video is obtained, the bureau may release updates to the public."
Anyone with information on these burglaries is asked to call Portland police at 503-823-3333 or email CrimeTips@Portlandoregon.gov.
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