Washington police are looking for a burglar who kicked his way into three city businesses early Friday.
Burglarized between midnight and 4:45 a.m. were Krency's, 990 Jefferson Ave.; Triple T's Tavern, 30 Oregon St.; and Shorty's Lunch, 34 W. Chestnut St. A shoe print was found on a door that had been kicked open at all three businesses.
About 4:45 a.m., refuse workers reported seeing a white man, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a stocky build and round face going out the back door at Shorty's. The suspect, wearing a black hooded shirt, black jeans and black shoes, ran across West Chestnut in the direction of West Spruce Street.
City police chased the suspect for several blocks before losing him in the area of Washington Christian Outreach on Ridge Avenue.
Candy money was missing from the business. The burglar went through doors and cabinets and the safe was knocked over. The suspect tried to open the safe by smashing the control dial.
Police later learned that a city parking authority worker saw the suspect looking in the windows of several business about 2:30 a.m., but the burglar then left the area.
City police were called to Krency's just after midnight after receiving a report of a motion alarm in a hallway. Officers checked the building and found a rear door ajar. Drawers in the office had been opened and gone through, police said. A trail of loose coins was scattered throughout the building.
The cash register was missing from the bakery side of the business. The register was found in a trash container behind Aaron's, 940 Jefferson. The door to the restaurant also was pried open.
About 3:50 a.m., police were called to an alarm at Triple T's. Officers found the rear door had been kicked in and the cash register was missing. The owner told police the safe also was missing. It was later found in the creek behind the bar. Liquor was also stolen.
A second-floor tenant told police the alarm actually had gone off about 20 minutes earlier, but he didn't call police at that time because he thought it was a car alarm.
City police ask that anyone with information about the burglaries or the suspect to call them at 724-223-4226 or 911.