Police increase patrols after rash of burglaries at east Nashville businesses

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A rash of commercial burglaries in east Nashville has Metro police stepping up patrols.

Sergeant Michael Fisher told News 2 they are investigating a dozen commercial burglaries over the past two weeks.

Several of the businesses hit are popular restaurants in the area

“If we look at a map – Far East, Lockeland Table, Pizza Real – you know those are all pretty concentrated there in the Lockeland Springs Area,” Fisher said.

Pied Piper is one of the latest restaurants hit. It happened in the overnight hours Monday.

“They came through the side door, they shattered the glass and came through the door itself,” Pied Piper Assistant Manager Amber Perry explained.

Perry said they burglars got away with the cash register drawer.

The burglars also tried to get into neighboring business Atomic Nashville.

Sgt. Fisher spent Wednesday visiting a list of burglarized businesses in east Nashville.

“It’s good for us to just go out and talk to the business owners about just preventative measures for down the road and mitigating future incidents,” he said.

Both Atomic Nashville and Pied Piper said they are both stepping up security, while police are stepping up patrol.

“Obviously our midnight shift officers are aware of the issue, so they are being directed to do extra enforcement and patrol in the areas we are seeing these problems come up,” Fisher explained.

Police recommend businesses have security cameras in place and that all employees know how to operate them.

They also want to remind the public that if anyone notices anything out of the ordinary to always call police.

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