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Mahomet Police are investigating a string of burglaries that took place in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving.
Police Chief Mike Metzler said that five local businesses were broken into after 1 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22. Three of those businesses—Victorian House, Bulldog Kids and the Hairpin—are in downtown Mahomet, while the other two—Los Zarapes and Peking House—are on Eastwood Drive.
"We suspect that the same individual or individuals were involved" in all of the robberies, Metzler said.
Only cash was taken at each location.
Jo Kaczmarski, owner of Victorian House, arrived at her downtown store on Thursday morning to find her wooden back door splintered. The lock had been jimmied out and thrown into the yard next door. Police later took it as evidence.
Someone had rummaged through drawers and stolen the cash and loose change she had on hand—all except four quarters.
But she said that she was grateful no other damage was done. Victorian House is a destination for glassworkers, stocking room after room of delicate stained-glass supplies, glass beads and even antique glass. It's a place where someone bent on destruction could've done a lot of damage.
But "they didn't break anything except the back door," she said.
Victorian House has been a fixture in downtown Mahomet for 16 years, and this is the first time it's had a break-in, Kaczmarski said.
Now, she has a new, more durable back door—but she said that she still feels shaken by what happened.
"For the first couple of days I felt very creeped out," she said.
Metzler said that it's uncommon to have this many businesses burglarized, especially at one time.
"In Mahomet, [burglaries] aren't common at all," Metzler said. "These things are kind of rare."
He asked anyone with information about the crimes to contact Mahomet Police.