The business discovered the cash missing before opening on Tuesday morning and reported it to the Kodiak Police Department, which determined the burglar broke a window and entered the building.
KPD said there is no suspect at this time. The business did not have security cameras.
Honda Marine Sales and Service said this isn’t the first break-in they’ve dealt with. The business is in the process of merging with Warner Tire and Yamaha, which had a break-in during January. In that incident, the burglar took tools, some petty cash and a generator. That case has not been solved.
Other businesses that have suffered from break-ins include Noodles Restaurant, Island Espresso, Mill Bay Gas-N-Go, K-Nine Kuts and Near Island Coffee.
Police are not saying the crimes are linked because they haven’t found evidence to suggest they are.
“We haven’t found any physical evidence yet that ties them all together other than they’re burglaries,” police chief T.C. Kamai said.
Kamai said these types of burglary cases are often difficult to solve because of the lack of information.
“Nationally, if you look at the closure rates on burglaries and thefts of this nature, they’re very, very low because often there’s no eyewitness and there’s very little physical evidence that identifies a suspect or very little left behind,” Kamai said. “They’re really hard to solve.”
There are several steps local businesses can take to help deter break-ins. Making sure the business is completely locked up is the first line of defense, but installing a motion sensor light outside back doors or security cameras are also effective deterrents.
“I know quite a few folks who can afford it are installing video cameras,” Kamai said. “If turned on they can be really helpful.”
Storeowners who have displays in the business front windows should move them away from the windows before leaving for the night.
“What that does is it allows anyone driving by on the outside to see inside and see if there is actually something going on,” Kamai said.
The Kodiak Police Department also suggests leaving a light on inside the building so officers can look into the building for suspicious activity as they drive by.
On Thursday, a 2003 Scamp travel trailer was reported stolen from a commercial storage lot in the Bells Flats area. The preliminary investigation by Alaska State Troopers revealed the theft occurred sometime in the last few days. The trailer was described as 13 feet long and white with a red stripe. The trailer is valued at $13,000. The investigation is ongoing.
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Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately said $4,300 was stolen.