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9 Businesses Burglarized in Lincoln
The downtown square in Lincoln is definitely not what you would typically think of as a high crime area, but earlier this week, nine different businesses were broken into. The only thing taken from any of them was cash.
"The police called us at like 6:30 in the morning, they had already found it", Wibben Computer Services owner Maureen Wibben said.
On Tuesday morning, Wibben discovered that her store had been broken into and ransacked.
"They went through my drawers in my desk and my petty cash box and they took all of the petty cash particularly the dollar bills," she said.
But that was it. They didn't even touch the multitude of accessories, or any of the computers in for service work.
"If they had taken the clients' computers, they have data on them," Wibben said. "So not only would the computer be gone, but their data--which is sometimes why they bring it in, is so we can copy the data for them--well they've lost everything. It's not just my loss, it's their loss. Besides the computer, they've lost all of their data."
Nearby restaurant Mama's Arcade Cafe was hit for less than $100. The Lincoln Theater was also burglarized for a few bills. In each and every burglary it was much the same story.
"All entry was from doors being forced open," Lincoln Police Detective Tim Kerns said. "Looked like they were primarily trying to get just cash, get in quick and out. Other items of value weren't taken,. There wasn't a lot of vandalism. Some desk drawers are emptied out, and file cabinets, but just looks like some people were trying to get some quick cash."
Police are still processing evidence from the scenes, while the business owners work to get things back to normal.
"I feel just fine," Winnen said. "I'm okay. I think the police will catch whoever did this. It's not like they broke into my home. This is equally as important, but since they didn't tear anything up, it wasn't terribly invasive. It was just really scary."
The Lincoln Police Department believes the burglaries are connected, but they have not yet released the total amount stolen.
In addition to Wibben's, Mama's Arcade, and the Lincoln Theater, additional victims include Guzzardo's, Daisy's Nail and Hair Spa, Miller and Miller Law Firm, the Blue Dog Inn, and Stuffed-Aria Pizza.