Burglars burrow through businesses in Southwest Portland

Burglars burrow through businesses in Southwest Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – Forget smash and grab. This was more like a squeeze and squirm.

Portland police are searching for burglars who tunneled through several local businesses at the Capitol Corner strip mall on Southwest Barbur Boulevard near Huber Street.

The thieves went through three walls and created six holes, according to the construction company who came out to fix it. It says the thieves simply kicked their way through the walls.

Portland police say the burglars broke in through a door of a vacant business but then went through the walls to reach three other businesses, including Springdale Cleaners and Supercuts.

They took money from at least one and caused several hundred dollars in damage to the building. The crew fixing the damage said it's unfortunately not the first time they've seen this.

"We do a lot of repairs like this," said Kevin Dollins of Pacific Crest Structures. "It's become a real popular way for thieves to break into a space and smash through the walls. You gotta be skinny and fast."

The idea was that by avoiding the doors the burglars avoided the alarm system.

Police have not made any arrests, but they're asking for the public's help. If anyone knows anything about what happened before about 6:15 a.m. Friday, they are asked to call police.