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Vineland Police investigate string of downtown burglaries

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Vineland Police are continuing to investigate a string of downtown burglaries, which they say have become more common over the last month.

"I have to pay for my glass. I pay $350.00 for glass. So I'll pay more for glass than what was in the cash register."

Rafael Rivera who works at Carlo's Pizza says two masked men entered the business by smashing the glass door.

"The only information we have right now is that they are smash and grab. We are looking at surveillance video," said Vineland Police Detective, Ron DeMarchi.

All of the recent burglaries happened within three blocks of each other on Chestnut Avenue, where according to police break-ins have drastically increased in just the last month.

"January first they broke into the store and then broke the glass again. They came in and took about $600.00 or $500.00 dollars."

Felix Ramirez say's this is the second time someone has broken into his store since the start of the new year, totaling his losses at $2000.00.

As of now police say they have no further information on the string of break-ins, and that they are still under investigation. But they are developing a plan that they say will hopefully cut back on the number of downtown burglaries in the future.

"There are going to be four street crime units in the area. We increased our burglary units by 20% and we're going to have meetings with business owners," said DeMarchi.

Anyone with information in any of the burglaries is asked to contact the Vineland Police Department.

Police say downtown burglaries increased 12% from 2011 to 2012.

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