A smoke and vape shop was burglarized in Sterling early Tuesday morning, the fifth Loudoun business burglary in a 24-hour period.
Sterling Smoke & Vape — which is at 22405 Enterprise St. #104 in Sterling — was forcibly entered around 3:49 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Its cash drawer was stolen.
"Someone ... threw a freaking brick through the window," Shane Peterman, a store manager, told the Times-Mirror.
Peterman said he was dropping his son off at school nearby when he heard that the break-in had occurred several hours prior.
He estimated between $100 and $300 was stolen, though a tip jar with a considerable sum was left intact, which Peterman said he found "funny."
"They put in a lot of work to get through that door for $100 [to $300]," he said.
The store's majority owner was able to have the glass replaced before the store opened later Tuesday morning.
Authorities are working to determine whether the Tuesday incident is connected to three Monday morning burglaries in Loudoun as well as three others that occurred last week in Fauquier County, as reported by The Fauquier Times.
Tuesday's incident in particular mirrors Monday's break-ins at the Hamilton C Store and For Goodness Sake in Leesburg, both of which were broken into and had their cash boxes stolen.
Purcellville Pharmacy and Purcellville Cleaners were also broken into on Monday and had several undisclosed items stolen.
The Fauquier burglaries occurred in the early morning hours of May 14 and targeted a music store in Warrenton and two Bealeton restaurants.
Anyone with information regarding the recent burglaries is asked to contact LCSO Detective J. Carpenter at 703-777-1021.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can submit a tip through the LCSO app, which is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.