The Orcas business community has fallen victim to a series of break-ins over the past few weeks.
San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs, who traveled to Orcas on April 21 to participate in the investigation, said deputies were able to secure strong prints off one of the scenes. They have been sent off to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in Seattle. According to Krebs, it will likely take a minimum of six weeks to receive the results.
“It depends on how busy they are,” Krebs said.
The following businesses have been burglarized: Orcas Island Artworks, Matia Kitchen and Bar, Clever Cow Creamery, Tide Pool Coffeehouse, Sequel Consignment and Rosario Resort.
The suspect(s) are committing the crimes between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. They are using prybar tools to gain access to the inside of the businesses, going through doors or windows and taking cash and electronics. Investigating deputies have recovered fingerprints from various businesses.
“I think the break-ins are all likely connected,” Krebs said.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in obtaining information related to the incidents. Call the non-emergency line at 360-378-4151.
“If you have video systems in your businesses, we are asking for any information of people out and about, moving around between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. on the mornings of April 14 and April 21,” according to a statement released by Krebs.