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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A rash of break-ins at small businesses around Lexington has owners and employees on edge.

The latest break-in happened at The Morris Book Shop on East High Street. The owner says someone tried to break through the store’s back door using a crowbar on Tuesday.

Then, around 9:00 Thursday night, someone broke through the shop’s front door window. The owner says the thief got away with a cash register that only had about $30 of change inside.

This is just the latest break-in at a small business in Lexington. Earlier this week, someone broke into A Cup of Commonwealth on Eastern Avenue. They broke a window and stole cash.

Just a few hours before that, there was a similar situation at Fro-Jo’s in the Lexington Green Shopping Center. Someone broke through the drive-thru window and stole two cash registers that only had change inside.

While police haven’t said whether these crimes are connected, small business owners around town have certainly noticed the trend and say they’re on high alert.

"We've been talking about it and just hoping for the best," says Wyn Morris, owner of The Morris Book Shop. "People don't like being in this 'am I next' position. It's been some long nights."

Morris says he now plans to put surveillance cameras inside the store.

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