ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Thieves are getting away with loads of cash at Dunkin' Donut stores across Northern Virginia and Charles County.
The first stores were hit July 29 and at least eight donut shops and businesses have been hit.
The crooks came in very casually, breaking into the stores.
They're not interested in the donuts, only in the cash from the register and safe. They force their way into the shops between 1:00 and 5:00 in the morning.
The two masked men strolled into the donut shop on Richmond Highway in Alexandria on July 29.
One man hit the two cash registers behind the counter using only a screw driver to gain access. The other went to the back office to work on the safe.
He's seen plugging in a small electric saw and seems to have struggled with the safe it for at least five minutes.
Andrey Lozovoy is the General Manager and said, "looks like they know how to get in and where the office is."
The two thieves spend about 10 minutes inside, wiping the registers clean, not even leaving the small change behind.
"It's dangerous, these guys walk in at 3:00 in the morning and the first person walks in around 4:45. After this store they went to Courthouse and they left eight minutes before the first employee getting there," Lozovoy said.
In most cases, the two bandits saw their way into the night safe to get to the cash.
The store on Lee Highway in Arlington, was robbed at gunpoint four years ago. They caught the thieves in that case and owners are hoping the same conclusion will happen in this case.
"I want them to be in jail because this is Arlington. I thought it's a safe place, now when I see this it's not a safe place anymore so I want them in jail 100%."
Brian Scott's a regular customer at Dunkin' Donuts on Van Dorn Street in Alexandria. He says he comes every day to the shop that was also broken into a couple of weeks ago.
"The manager said I don't have any money I don't have any change because the crooks took it. It's kind of scary, they're alone at night, I worry about them," Scott said.
"My employees all say they need to find another job because it's not a safe place anymore. So we are working on that," Lozovoy said.
The franchise has told all the stores in the area and their employees to be on high alert. No longer do employees open or close the stores alone. They always have at least two people at any given time.
If you have information leading to an arrest you are asked to call police.