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Three Businesses Targeted in Smash-and-Grab Burglaries in Koreatown, Hollywood

The heists occurred within a 15-minute window early Tuesday morning.

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Three Koreatown and Hollywood area businesses were targeted Tuesday in a series of smash-and-grab burglaries, police said.

No arrests were reported in the crimes, which happened in a 15-minute window, starting at about 4:30 a.m.

The locations included a restaurant in the 3800 block of Sixth Street, a beauty supply shop in the 5800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, and a coffee shop in the 5100 block of Melrose Avenue, according to the LAPD.

Detailed descriptions of the burglars were not immediately available. They left the scenes in a white SUV.

Mercedes Simonian said the thieves used a sledgehammer to break a window at her business, Sweet Corner Coffee and Cake. Once inside, three people stole the cash register and used a crow bar to remove a bolted safe.

"They just took it out within a couple of seconds, and they were gone," said Simonian.

Plywood was placed over the broken window Tuesday morning.

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Details about other items stolen were not immediately available. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information on the crimes was urged to call 877-LAPD-247.

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