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Kennewick Burglaries

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Businesses were broken into along Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick and police have increased patrols.

Authorities said it is too early to determine whether the burglaries are connected, but investigators are trying to piece the situation together.

Police said the burglaries happened at commercial businesses near Clearwater Avenue and Union Street.  In the past month a nail salon, gas utility company, construction company and even a church were broken into.

Kennewick Police Sergeant Jesse Mill said, "because of the location and the type of crime it's quite possible, one or a group of people are involved in the same one, but like I said it's too early to say that."

Earlier this week the Aahsome Spa business on Clearwater Avenue near Columbia Center Boulevard was also burglarized.  Police said two hot tubs, worth almost 15,000 dollars, were stolen from the outside of the store.

Owner Monty Patterson said, "I don't run around and steal stuff from people.  Why do people have to steal?  Frustrating... Very frustrating."

Mill said, "It would be unusual at three in the morning if you saw someone loading two spas into the back of a truck.  I would hope people would call for something like that."

Police have increased patrols and want the public to give them a call if they see anything suspicious.

Kennewick Police said overall, burglaries and thefts are down in the city.