TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Terre Haute Police Department is investigating an increase in burglaries in the city.

The department said many recent incidents have targeted small businesses on Terre Haute’s north side.

Delish Cafe manager Karla Collester said when she arrived to work on Thursday of last week, she knew her day wouldn’t start as usual.

“I noticed something wasn’t right. When I got the closer to the door, I realized the door was shattered. So I called my boss and told her I was going to call the police,” Collester said.

After entering the restaurant, Collester says she noticed that not only was the door damaged but a brand new cash register was missing.

“They took everything in it and it’s a register we don’t even have paid off yet,” Collester said.

According to the Terre Haute Police Department they’ve seen a recent increase in these types of crimes, with a majority targeting small businesses on Terre Haute’s north side overnight.

“What they’re doing is they’re smashing through the windows of the doors. They go in, they head right for the registers and then they’re right back out,” said Det. Rick Decker, Terre Haute Police Department.

Decker says as police continue their investigation that business owners should consider purchasing equipment to help limit these incidents.

“A burglar, the two things he hates the worst is light and noise. So investing in a good security system will pay for itself if it avoids one burglary,” Decker said.

Decker also says that burglaries like Terre Haute has recently seen is not just an issue for businesses, but also the community.

“If a small business closes, well there goes employee wages, unemployment goes up, that’s less dollars that are going to be circulated in our community for other small businesses. So yeah it’s a community problem,” Decker said.

Decker says at this point it is too early to confirm if these burglaries are being committed by the same person or group.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Terre Haute Police Department at (812) 238-1661.