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Louisville businesses facing recent burglaries

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Several local businesses have been robbed, robbed or both. Is there a crime pattern?

We’ve seen trucks, trailers, cash and alcohol removed from local businesses this week, including at least two more that were hit Saturday morning.

Ted Mitzlaff, managing partner and CEO of Goodwood Brewing, spent his morning fixing a glass door that was smashed at 4am on Saturday.

Ted Mitzlaff, managing partner and CEO of Goodwood Brewing, spent his morning fixing a glass door that was smashed at 4am on Saturday.

A masked man throws something at the front window of the building. It creaks but doesn’t break, but that doesn’t stop it.

It goes around the corner on the side of the building.

“He threw several bricks or rocks at our front door, he couldn’t get through because it’s bulletproof glass,” Mitzlaff said. “He managed to break down that door. He walked in, opened the cash drawer, took some booze, then ran away. He was inside about two minutes.

You can see the burglar looking through the cash register. He took at least $300 and a few bottles of liquor.

But as with many break-ins, it’s the cleanup that causes the most headaches.

“Now we have to fix the broken glass doors, we’ll have to replace them, of course glass is hard to come by right now due to supply chain issues. So for many reasons it’s a major downside,” Mitzlaff said.

Goodwood wasn’t the only business affected last night. Potbelly on 4th Street had the same thing happen to them.

Their front door is covered in plywood and glass litters the floor. The incident forced them to close for the day.

Down the street from Goodwood is Cultured Cheese and Charcuterie Bar.

They were robbed three times in two weeks.

It was the same story with them a man trying to steal money and alcohol.

He broke three windows, costing them $6,000 in repairs.

The owner told WAVE news that this was not the first time they had this man. She says he was doing the same to them in 2019 before he was arrested.

“I just hope the city realizes that we need more police, we need to support the police. This anti-police sentiment we’ve had for the past two years is destroying the city and it needs to stop,” Mitzlaff said.

The LMPD First Division is investigating last night’s burglaries.

Mitzlaff says there has been more crime in the area over the past two years, but his business has remained relatively unchanged so far.

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