Riverside authorities are investigating an early morning restaurant and residential burglaries

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A spate of restaurant robberies in the Moreno Valley has business owners and authorities on high alert.

A total of four burglaries occurred Tuesday morning in the Roanoke Valley, including three at the same mall.

Just before 5 a.m., the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department began receiving reports of multiple commercial burglary alarms going off at the mall, located in the 27100 block of Eucalyptus Avenue.

The morning burglaries all happened within minutes of each other as burglars left doors and windows smashed in the break-ins.

Usually Burger Im is full of customers and workers in the kitchen making burgers and fries. But on Tuesday it was quiet as the restaurant was forced to close after burglars broke in.

Franchise owner Nicholas Baker says the burglary marks another loss. Over $10,000 was taken in cash and that does not include the cost of damages. He says it’s not the first time the restaurant has been robbed.

“It’s the fourth time this year, probably the sixth time since we opened,” Baker told KTLA.

The Burger Im break-in was one of four burglaries in the Moreno Valley that occurred within minutes of each other.

An employee of Alberto’s Mexican Food, located in the same mall, said two people wearing masks broke into the business with a crowbar as they were apparently looking for cash.

Surveillance video showed the two masked men as they made their way through the business seeking to take anything they could find.

Simon Wu, who works at China One, a restaurant in the mall, said the thieves took cash, an iPad and several items from the kitchen.

sergeant. Brandi Swan described the suspects as two black men who left before deputies arrived at the scene.

The day didn’t end for the deputies with just the commercial burglaries. About 20 minutes after the calls to the mall, deputies were dispatched for a residential burglary at a house about a mile away.

Thieves broke in and stole a chest full of jewelry and a gun. The owner, meanwhile, was armed with a gun and fired at the intruders, apparently scaring them away.

The landlord told KTLA he felt “violated” and unsafe after he ransacked his home.

Authorities say the burglaries at the mall and nearby home are unrelated, but the crimes highlight a growing problem in Riverside County.

This year alone, there have been more than 6,000 burglaries across the county in commercial and residential settings, officials said.

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