ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange Police Department officials on Thursday continued to investigate a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the city's Old Towne district, where intruders mangled locks to gain entrance to several businesses.
Surveillance video released by authorities shows a man rummaging through a cash register at the CocoRose Boutique after a break-in that occurred about 3 a.m. Monday morning.
The owner of the business said the burglar stole a professional camera, then fled when the building's alarm sounded. The suspect had pried the lock open on the front door - after previously and unsuccessfully attempting the same modus operandi at three nearby businesses.
The surveillance footage shows him and a woman walking in the area, looking into stores. Investigators believe the two individuals have been working together to commit the crimes.
"It's shocking - very, very shocking, yeah," said Courtney Colleary, owner of the CocoRose Boutique. "Old Towne Orange - you think: homey, everybody knows each other, small town. Never in a million years would you think of something happening in such a small town."
Police said two other businesses, about a mile from Old Towne, were also struck in a similar way on Monday morning. Whether the same two suspects were responsible is under investigation.
Burglars target several businesses in Orange's Old Towne district; suspects sought