Over the past two weeks, no fewer than seven businesses around Green Lake have been broken into. Mygreenlake.com, which is all over the story, reports that most of the victims have been restaurants, with the thieves making off with money from cash registers and tip jars, as well as the odd bottle of booze.
As the neighborhood website reports, one of the restaurants hit, Mona's Bistro & Lounge, caught the burglars on tape.
There were two thieves, [Mona's owner Pete Kolytiris] says, both about 5? 7?, stocky in build, and wearing thick hoodies that concealed their faces. Using a crowbar, they broke open Mona's front door and then cut cables and wires. They moved quickly around the restaurant, opening drawers and refrigerator doors and breaking open a cash register. They stole a couple of bottles of alcohol, Pete says, and a cash bag that contained a small amount of money and an iPod touch.
Other businesses hit include Chocolati Chocolate Cafe and Ageing Fancies, an antique store.
So is it all a big coincidence, or is it the work of one entity? The Seattle Police Department may have a theory on this, but their media-relations people aren't answering their phones, so we don't know. We'll let you know if we ever hear back. In the meantime, and we're no experts here, we'll go out on a limb and say that yes, they're likely related. Right?