Police are investigating burglaries at five Dunkin’ Donuts in Connecticut in six days and they are trying to determine if they are all connected.
Burglaries were reported at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 38 Windsor Ave. in Vernon and 3516 Main St. in Coventry this morning and one was reported at 77 Main St. North in Southbury yesterday.
A burglary was also reported to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 2751 Main St. in Glastonbury on Friday and one was reported at 601 John Fitch Boulevard in South Windsor Thursday.
The burglary in Vernon was reported at 2 a.m. and police said a man in a dark hoodie forced his way into the back of the store and stole cash.
Jessica Ludden, the manager of the Dunkin' Donuts in Coventry, said her employees discovered $600 to $700 is missing this morning and the crime was caught on camera.
"The office was in complete shambles, pretty much," she said. "Everything was everywhere."
She said the burglar was not alone.
"There definitely was a second person. They came in through the back door as well. The person couldn’t get into the safe and had a hard time with the safe, so they came back to the back door and called for help and that’s when it appears a female was assisting the male. She came in the back door with him and they tried to get in the safe, but they were not successful,” Ludden said.
Southbury police said the burglary in Southbury happened at 5:24 a.m. Wednesday.
A man in his 20s took $182.47 from three cash registers and left through the back door, according to Southbury police, who said there have been a similar burglary in South Windsor recently, as well as one in Glastonbury last week.
Police also responded to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 2751 Main St. in Glastonbury, at 1:55 a.m. Friday after a burglar took cash.
The burglar was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and was in a late 1990s gold Honda Civic, according to police. They are working with local law enforcement to see if the other cases are related.
The burglary in South Windsor was reported at 5:30 a.m. Thursday at 601 John Fitch Boulevard.
The employee who opened the store reported the burglary to police. Police have not said how much the burglar took.
Police said video showed a person with a masked face and head entered through a back office and the person appeared to be wearing gloves.
The burglar who struck in Southbury was wearing a black hoodie pulled tightly around his face, jeans, Nike sneakers and gloves and he was carrying a yellow pry bar, according to Southbury police.
He might be driving an older light colored four-door Toyota or a similar vehicle, according to Southbury police.
NBC Connecticut reached out to Dunkin' Donuts and they said they are aware of the Southbury burglary.
"The franchise is cooperating fully with the local police investigating this incident," the statement says.