‘Smash and grab’ serial burglar hits 11 beach businesses

Posted at 9:58 PM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 23:28:21-04

Beach police are calling him the smash and grab burglar.

Surveillance video shows the man smashing in a door window with a paving stone at Dentistry First on Indian River Road last Friday.

Since mid-January, he's hit up more than 10 beach businesses.

Hawk's Barbershop, right down the road from Dentistry First was the latest target.

Owner Arthles Lynn discovered his smashed in door window this morning.

"He was in and out,” Lynn says. “Police say he's doing that everywhere he goes. I’m number eleven from what I was told this morning. Yeah, he's on a rampage. He's got a vendetta."

Most of the burglaries were at hair and nail salons, the man smashing his way in and taking anything he could grab-from cash, to laptops, to flat screen TV’s

"I looked at the clippers and he didn't touch anything else,” Lynn says. “He just ripped the TV off the wall and got to running."

Police say the 30 to 40-year-old man usually wears a dark green coat, grey hoodie, cargo boots and gloves.

Lynn says he's lucky. Besides the new door, he only has to replace a TV.

"Yeah, we're going to put another TV up,” he says. “It's NBA Finals time. Got to have a TV."

Police also say there have been several similar incidents in Chesapeake. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Office at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Callers remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a $1,000 cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

Here’s a complete list of all the businesses hit in Virginia Beach:

977 Reon Drive, Reon Hair Studio, Sunday, 1/13/2013, Front Door, Broken

1913 Kempsville Road, Signatures of Style, Thursday, 2/28/2013, Front Door Broken

6549 College Park Square shopping center, Nail Image 2, Wednesday, 2/27/20132, Front Door Broken

1832 Kempsville Road, Super Cuts, Thursday, 2/28/2013, Front Door Broken

977 Reon Drive, Creative Cuts & Styles, Saturday, 3/2/2013, Front Door Broken

4001 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Hair Magic, Sunday, 3/3/2013, Front Door Broken

4421 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Great Clips, Saturday, 3/2/2013, Sunday, Front Door Broken

4001 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Fant Shoe Repair, Saturday, 3/2/2013, Front Door Broken

1064 Lynnhaven Parkway #108 Glamorous Styles Hair, Wednesday, 3/13/2013, Front Door Broken

5564 Indian River Road, Dentistry First, Friday, 3/15/2013, Front Door Broken

6361 Indian River Road, Hawks Barbershop, Sunday, 3/18/2013, Front Door Broken