Police seek suspects in restaurant burglaries

PEORIA, Il. - Ahead of two of the busiest weekends in downtown Peoria, police are stepping up patrols.

“Now that we've created a corner down here, there's more people and that attracts more people to say hey, there making money,” said Kelleher’s owner Pat Sullivan.

Since 2001 Sullivan has been keeping a close eye on his businesses security, going as far as living upstairs from the restaurant. Over the past month, three businesses, including the Irish pub have been hit by break ins, a constant reminder to owners to remain alert.

“Everybody has got to be aware,” said Sullivan. He adds, “If you leave cash in your drawers they’re going to break in and it’s going to be a constant until you stop doing that.”

In the upcoming weeks more than 15 thousand visitors will descend on the River City, as Peoria welcomes March Madness patrons and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. With so many fresh faces, Sullivan is increasing his staff.

“The more feet you have on the street, the more people you have around,” Sullivan said. He adds, “It sort of scares off anything, but it does attract others who are thinking there’s more money around.

Peoria police continue to investigate the burglaries and in the mean time encourage all businesses to update safety measures.

“A lot of times if someone looks up and sees a security camera that may be a deterrent that they don’t want to break into that establishment,” Amy Dotson of PPD said. She adds, “Security cameras that are functioning can help police review what happened after the fact.”

According to a police report the suspects vehicle in the break-ins may be a gold Chevy impala. If you have information that could lead to an arrest contact your local authorities.

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