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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:35 pm | Updated: 11:23 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police are looking for information about six burglaries of area businesses in the past two weeks. The crime-fighting nonprofit Crime Stoppers has announced it will pay up to $1,000 for tips in the case.

Between Sept. 2 and Monday, a thief or thieves entered the businesses, damaged property and stole items worth $8,000, according to a Crime Stoppers news release.

“(The burglaries) all happened within a short period and in nearby areas so it’s possible, but I don’t necessarily know that they are all linked,” said Fairbanks Police Detective Alana Malloy, who is investigating the burglaries.

Based on video surveillance, police think a 6-foot-tall, light-skinned man wearing a dark, hooded jacket, dark jeans and white tennis shoes was behind the burglary of the Smoke Shop on the Old Steese Highway.

Players Choice Pull Tabs, the first business mentioned among the group, was broken into on the night of Sept. 2. On Sept. 6, someone entered the Smoke Shop, broke several front-entry glass doors and fled. On Sunday night, the Chowder House and three businesses at the Eagle Plaza — FedEx, Rent-A-Center and Turbo Tans — were burglarized. On the other side of town that night, someone broke into Pike’s Landing Restaurant and stole a safe, according to Alaska State Troopers. On Monday, the Smoke Shop was broken into again and more extensively burglarized, according to the Crime Stoppers news release.

Malloy at the police department can be reached at 450-6557. The number for the Crime Stoppers hotline is 456-CLUE. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward.

Alaska State Troopers are looking for information about the Pike’s burglary and can be reached at 451-5100.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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