The frustrating part, Hobbs said, was how quickly the burglars got in and out of stores.
“By the time we get there — and our response times are less than a minute — they’ve already been gone,” he said.
Part of that is because police experienced a delay between the time alarm companies were notified of the break-ins and the time police were notified, Hobbs said. Officers have asked companies to contact police immediately when they find out about intruders, he said.
Police will patrol the targeted areas more frequently, Hobbs said.
Damage was still being assessed at many of the stores Wednesday.