MANCHESTER – Several city businesses and commercial properties, including a school, Salvation Army, garden center, and church, were burglarized or ransacked over the past two days, according to Manchester police.
The Kiddie Corner Learning Center, 130 Silver St., was broken into Wednesday about 2:30 a.m. A man was seen on video surveillance prying open a door to the building. The building was ransacked and a file cabinet was damaged, but the manager told police it appeared nothing had been taken.
The man seen on tape is a white male, about 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-3, between 230 and 285 pounds, clean shaven with short hair and glasses. He was wearing a dark, longsleeve plain crew neck sweatshirt, gloves and plain light-colored basketball shorts and white sneakers.
Employees at the Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St., said several interior office doors were damaged when someone attempted to pry them open. Some were forced open and others had marks. Staff were not sure what, if anything, had been taken.
Demers Garden Center, 656 S. Mammoth Road, was burgarized sometime overnight Thursday. Someone removed a plexiglass window, according to police, and again nothing appeared to be taken.
Down the road at the Yard Restaurant, 1211 S. Mammoth Road, a tall, heavy-set person with a towel over his head was seen on video surveillance sometime overnight Thursday attempting to get into the building through several doors and windows. Police said no entry was made.
Also early Thursday morning, a door at the Manchester Church of God, 230 Mooresville Road, near the location of last week's fatal fire, was forced open and several offices ransacked. Police said a safe was compromised, but they were unsure if anything had been taken.
Anyone with information on these incidents is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org.