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Three restaurants broken into, cash registers taken

Captured on camera

A second man police say broke into local restaurants.

A second man police say broke into local restaurants.

Police suspect this vehicle, shown with its lights on, was driven by the men who broke into local restaurants.

Police suspect this vehicle, shown with its lights on, was driven by the men who broke into local restaurants.

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police detectives are working to identify two men who they say broke into three local restaurants within several minutes of each other early Monday. The men used a brick to break glass doors at Cici’s Pizza, Outback Steakhouse and the Palms Cafe.

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said an SUV, possibly a Tahoe, was spotted in surveillance video at the scene of at least one of the break-ins. A Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy, unaware of the break-ins, attempted to stop a white Tahoe speeding out of town. The deputy was not able to catch the vehicle.

Cici’s Pizza, 805 S. Jake Alexander Blvd., was broken into between 4 a.m. and 4:12 a.m. The alarm sounded. The thieves took the cash register.

Outback Steakhouse, 1020 E. Innes St., was broken into between 4:29 a.m. and 4:35 a.m. A register was also taken from the Palms Cafe, located at 1609 W. Innes St. between 4:45 a.m. and 5:55 a.m.

Lingle said detectives believe the same two men are responsible for all three break-ins. It appears these are the only three businesses that were broken into, officials said.

Police hope to release surveillance video later today.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245 or online at http://tips.salisburyrowancrimestoppers.org to leave a tip. Calls can be made anonymously.

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