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Two Redlands small businesses damaged by smash-and-grab burglars

Locally owned pharmacy and cake shop were struck in one week

Local pharmacy and bakery are victim of smash and grab burglaries in Redlands. (Photo: Getty Images Signature)

REDLANDS, Calif. – Redlands police report that two Redlands small businesses were victims of smash-and-grab burglaries last week.

Police are investigating a burglary that happened on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Cajon Pharmacy, located at 232 Cajon Street. Police say shortly after 3 a.m multiple suspects pried open the front door and cut through a metal gate.

In about two minutes, the suspects looted the business and stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of medication, according to police.

The suspects targeted medications that were kept in a locked drawer, separate from the other pharmacy medications, according to police spokesperson Carl Baker. California law requires controlled drugs to be stored separately from other drugs, in a secure, lockable space accessible only to authorized personnel.

Police are looking for multiple suspects who fled the scene.

A few days earlier, police say another small business in Redlands was broken into overnight. Employees of Sugar Bloom Cakery, located at 405 W. Redlands Boulevard, found a shattered glass when they arrived at work on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 24. The business's cash register was stolen during the break-in according to a report from Redlands police.

Sugar Bloom Cakery's response has been one of resilience and positivity. Despite the setback, the bakery took to its social media platforms to express gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community. "We are saddened that people do these things, specially to small businesses. But it's okay, we are moving forward and are grateful for all the good!"

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There is no indication that the two burglaries were connected.

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