A burglar broke into three business in the 1600 block of McCullough and crawled through the attic space above the ceiling to get from one business to another, police investigators said.
Damage was left behind at all three businesses, but only McCullough Grocery reported anything stolen. The owner said two or three cartons of cigarettes were missing.
Police think the burglar may have come in through an unlocked door at Kwik Wash, a coin-operated laundry mat.
Nothing was stolen there, but the ceiling was damaged.
"They've gotten in through the restroom and come across to the store," said Jesus Gutierrez, whose mother owns Alejandra's Beauty Salon.
He said it isn't the first time someone has broken into one business and crawled through the ceiling to others.
The glass in the front door of the salon was busted out, but police weren't sure if the burglar broke it on the way in or out.
Gutierrez thinks the thief couldn't get into McCullough Grocery from Kwik Wash and was looking for another way around.
"If they couldn't find a way through the ceiling tiles to come across that way, there's an opening here. You can come in through the salon and go that way to the store," he said.
McCullough Grocery had the least visible damage, but the owner said someone had been in the storage room.
He thought the alarm made the burglar rush and leave behind more merchandise.