Dickson, Tenn. -- Dickson police have their hands full investigating a recent rash of business burglaries.
Eighteen businesses have been hit in the last three weeks, with thousands of dollars and property taken.
Dickson police believe all the cases are connected. They have identified a person of interest, but believe more people could be involved. Officers said all the cases happened overnight, and the thieves are very aggressive.
"They go through walls, roofs and glass doors," said Commander Eddie Breeden with the Dickson Police Department. "They have taken cash registers, money, safes, and even liquor."
The owner of the Open Hand Café was inside when the perpetrator busted in last Monday.
"I heard two thumps on the door. When I looked up I saw a man about 6 feet tall," said Thomas Hill, the owner of Open Hand Café. "On the third pump he busted the glass door."
Hill was able to scare off the thief before he took anything, and considers himself lucky he was left with only a busted door and broken glass.
Dickson police said only one of the 18 businesses hit had a working security camera. Surveillance video taken from the Matzalan Mexican Restaurant shows a white male suspect stealing TVs and liquor and driving off.
Police said they know the unusual situation has put business owners on edge.
"Our patrol officers are on high alert," said Breeden. "Right now we are running down leads, running down everything we can."
Police encourage business owners to install security cameras and surveillance systems. If they currently have a security system, make sure it is working. Hill just installed cameras in the Open Hand Café, and is hopeful police will make an arrest soon.
"We are working with police. We aren't going to tolerate break-ins."
If you have any information on the case, call the Dickson Police Department at (615) 446-5403.