A $1,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to a man Oakland County Sheriff’s officials have linked to a string of break-ins along Lapeer Road in the last two months.
The latest was reported early Tuesday at the Jacobsen’s Flowers on the 500 block of South Lapeer in Orion Township, when a worker saw that someone had entered through a side door, investigators said in a statement.
Deputies learned that the suspect had pried open a second internal door, ransacked the office then swiped cash from a register, according to the release.
Authorities believe the suspect also broke into the business on March 8, prying open the back door and stealing money, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.
Based on surveillance footage, investigators have linked the same man to three other incidents:
■On March 7, Ming’s Oriental Café on the 1200 block of South Lapeer in Lake Orion was broken into through a rear door. Cash was stolen, deputies said.
■On April 5, Rzadko’s Pennzoil on the 1200 block of South Lapeer in Oxford was entered through a rear window on a roll-up garage door, “but nothing of value has been believed to be taken,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement.
■On April 6, cash and a 32- inch flat screen TV monitor were stolen from the PX2 Automotive on the 700 block of South Lapeer in Lake Orion after a back door was forced open. Before leaving, the suspect also allegedly “took a winter coat and hat from inside the business to further conceal his identity,” sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.
The suspect is described as 20-30 years old.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.