Deputies investigating 3 commercial burglaries in Stuarts Draft

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The Augusta County Sheriff's Office believes three separate commercial burglaries in the Stuarts Draft area may all be connected.

According to investigators, the first burglary report came in around 8:45 p.m. on Sunday night.

Deputies were called to the Sam’s Hot Dogs location at 2347 Stuarts Draft Hwy., where they determined someone had forcefully entered the business, where they stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Surveillance video captured a suspect wearing a dark-colored rain suit, with a logo on the left chest, gloves, eyeglasses, and a hat.

Robert Richardson, the owner of the Sam's Hot Dogs, said he's glad they had alarms and security cameras.

"There's no telling what else could have happened at my business if they would've stuck around longer," Richardson said. "But they were deterred by the alarm probably getting ready to go off."

The following day, deputies were called to the United States Post Office and Micah's Coffee, both located in the Broadmoor Plaza, for reports of burglaries.

Broadmoor Plaza is about a mile from Sam's Hot Dogs. At the post office and the coffee shop, cash and other items were stolen. Given the proximity and similarity in the cases, deputies believe they're all connected.

The sheriff's office is working to identify the person seen in surveillance video at Sam's Hot Dogs, which will help them confirm if all three incidents were committed by the same person.

U.S. Postal Inspectors are helping with the investigation at the Stuarts Draft Post Office.

If you know anything about these burglaries, or know who the person in the surveillance video may be, you're asked to contact the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at 540.245.5333 or CrimeStoppers at 800.322.2017.