LOS ANGELES — Authorities say more than 40 San Fernando Valley businesses have been struck by a commercial burglar dubbed “The Ghost” since mid-July of this year.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports the Los Angeles Police Department made the announcement of the suspect Wednesday after detectives linked the man to crimes through surveillance videos.

Detectives report the burglar hides at the sight of any passing car lights and has hidden for as long as 30 minutes before smashing a window or door to get into a business.

Authorities say all the businesses hit have been along Ventura or Topanga Canyon boulevards.

Authorities say the suspect has struck several different businesses, including hardware stores, ice cream and pizza shops, and a barbershop.

Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, http://www.dailynews.com

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