Burglar strikes several W. Knoxville businesses, some owners call case "rare"

1:20 AM, Feb 2, 2013   |    comments
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Broken glass and shattered windows were what a number of West Knoxville businesses owners saw this morning, after someone struck their shops overnight.

"I wondered who turned the extra lights off? Got a little closer and saw the door was smashed in," said Rusty Manis of the Western Plaza Barber Shop. His business was one of two at the Western Plaza shopping center that were hit last night. The burglar or burglars stole a T.V. and pieces of equipment.

Knoxville Police said up to four more places along the Sequoyah Hills section of Kingston Pike have also been recently broken in as well.

Manis said it is rare for businesses in this area to be burglarized. He has not seen anyone hit his family's business in 25 years.

"We came over and saw the police cars parked out front. Glass all over the place," said Jeremy Norris of Academy Ballroom, which was also hit overnight.

This morning, he discovered someone threw a rock, shattered a window and a door, and stole their television set too.

"Businesses are an easy target because they have big windows. You can see what's inside of value and it's a quick hit," Norris added.

So far no arrests have been made, but the dance studio did have a surveillance camera rolling during the break-in. Norris said he saw a man commit the crime. That evidence is now in the hands of KPD investigators.

"On our cameras, he was in about 5-10 seconds. He wasn't in very long," Norris added.

Meanwhile, back at the barber shop, owner Manis just wants to get back to work.

"We'll get work back in our rotation and give them haircuts. There's not much you can do about it," he said.

So far, no arrests have been made yet.

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