The first of three break-ins in a relatively small area happened between 8 and 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the corner of Cadboro Bay Road and Bowker Avenue.
A couple out walking reported seeing a smashed-in window in the front door of a business. A computer was stolen from the shop.
Two similar break-ins, in the 2500- and 2000-blocks of Cadboro Bay Rd., took place the following night. In both cases, a rock was used to smash the front door glass and the cash register was entered.
A police canine unit called to both scenes determined the thieves exited the businesses by a rear door and likely got into a vehicle.
The Saanich police Forensic Identification Unit collected evidence at both locations, and in the second case, gathered video surveillance footage.
Nothing was taken from the first location, but a small amount of cash was stolen from the second.
In the wake of these incidents, Oak Bay police remind business owners to not keep cash on the premises overnight and to ensure valuables are not visible from the street.