A dozen Long Island businesses hit in overnight burglary spree

HOLBROOK, Long Island (WABC) -- Suffolk County police are investigating a spree of overnight burglaries at multiple businesses that all follow the same pattern.

During the burglaries, a man breaks a window or glass door, enters the business, and steals cash.

The spree began back on September 23, when the Lemon Tree on Furrows Road in Holbrook was hit between 3:30 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.

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The most recent incident happened around 6 a.m. Sunday at Asian Fusion, also on Furrows Road in Holbrook, where a window was broken and money was stolen.

In between, police say the following businesses were victims:

--Cafe Timboo, located at 905 West Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown, on September 29 between 1:55 a.m. and 2:35 a.m.
--Luka's Café and Deli, located at 1361 Lincoln Ave. in Holbrook, on October 1 at approximately 12:25 a.m.
--Mayra's Bakery, located at 781 Hawkins Ave in Lake Grove, on October 2 at approximately 4:15 a.m.
--Dunkin', located at 197 Main St. in East Setauket, on October 3 at approximately 12:15 a.m.
--Luka's Café and Deli, located at 1361 Lincoln Ave. in Holbrook, on October 4 at approximately 1:05 a.m.
--Tai Show North, located at 316 Main St. in Setauket, on October 4 at approximately 8:10 a.m.
--Dunkin', located at 1573 Lakeland Ave. in Bohemia, between October 4 at 8 p.m. and October 5 at approximately 4:30 a.m.
--Edesia Pizzeria and Restaurant, located at 1360 Lakeland Ave in Bohemia, on October 6 at approximately 1:15 a.m.
--Carolina Kitchen of Medford, located at 2717 Route 112 in Medford, on October 6 at approximately 2:35 a.m.
--Hummus Mediterranean, located at 1066 Main Street in Holbrook, on October 6 at approximately 4:30 a.m.
--Horseblock Hero's, located at 3692 Horseblock Road in Medford, on October 7 at approximately 5:25 a.m.

During the incident at Luka's Café and Deli on October 4, a man stole an ATM and, with the help of another man, loaded it into a waiting SUV.

There were no proceeds taken during the burglary at Carolina Kitchen of Medford.

Tony Mavruk, owner of Hummus Mediterranean Grill, said he was at his home feeding his newborn at 4:30 am. when he got a security alert on his phone.

He tuned in just in time to see on his surveillance camera the thief ripping out the cash register.

"I got the chills," he told Eyewitness News reporter Kristin Thorne.

Mavruk woke up his wife, made his way toward the restaurant and called police.

"But this guy was quick," Mavruk said. "He was in and out within like two minutes."

Mavruk said the thief made off with $1,200 in cash. He said he is happy none of his workers was inside the restaurant at the time.

"They need to get this guy," Mavruk said.

A brick was also used to break into Lemon Tree Hair Salon.

Store owner Anthony Pisani said the thief made off with cash and paychecks.

Pisani said his business survived the pandemic and now he has to worry about security.

"It's just one more thing you gotta pay attention to," Pisani said.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on thee burglaries to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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