Burlars tunnel through businesses' walls

A string of burglaries resulted in thousands of dollars in damages to several businesses in North Augusta Plaza during the Thursday-Friday overnight hours, with the burglar(s) apparently breaking through walls to get from one business to another.

The North Augusta Department of Public Safety's response began at 8:13 a.m., with a call from H&R Block, at 342 East Martintown Road, near Publix. The responding office noticed a variety of damage, including two holes - each one leading to an adjacent business. The loss included $424.22 in cash.

The agency's report noted that the Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, next door, was also targeted, with an "unknown amount of quarters ... possibly missing."

Also hit was China, a restaurant next door. The loss included about $200.

An empty business, formerly a Verizon Wireless store, also sustained damage. Its front door had been forced open and entered, and the report noted that the burglar(s) apparently attempted to enter the Merle Norman site by going through the wall, but failed, being unable to penetrate the brick wall between the two units.

The burglar(s) then apparently entered the restaurant's back door and went through a wall to reach H&R Block. The Merle Norman site was next.

The report noted that most of the damage among the various businesses was to walls, light fixtures and cabinets.