Criminals target local businesses curing outage

Monday, February 2, 2009

Several businesses have been broken into as the result of the blackout conditions following the recent ice storm, according to Blytheville Police.

At 4:20 a.m. Friday, police were working a commercial burglary at Family Dollar on East Main, when officers found that the Save-A-Lot Store next door had been burglarized as well. When the store manager arrived, it was discovered that the safe from Save-A-Lot had been taken. An undisclosed amount of money was inside the safe.

At 12:05 a.m. Friday, police were called to the railroad tracks on Sawyer for a reported theft.

David Horst with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad reported that two generators had been taken from locations in the city limits of Blytheville. Horst told officers that the generators were chained to poles at Sawyer Street and at McHaney Street.

Horst also reported that other generators had been taken from other locations in the county.

The value of the two generators taken in Blytheville is reported to be $1,600.

Because of the increase in thefts with the power outages, Blytheville police will be stepping up patrols for businesses and homes in the city limits.

Blytheville police are also investigating several residential thefts, according to reports from the department.

At 1:40 a.m. Friday, police were called to the 300 block of East Davis where Manuel Moment reported that when he returned from work, he found his trailer and equipment missing. The missing equipment is described as two John Deere riding lawn mowers and a Troy-Bilt generator. Moment told officers that the trailer and equipment were parked in his driveway next to his house. The value of the missing items is believed to be $9,400.

At 8 a.m. Thursday, police were called to the 600 block of West Pecan, where Sammy Sanchez reported that he came home from work and found that his back door had been kicked in. Sanchez reported that a laptop computer, a Playstation 3, a 36-inch flat-screen television, a 20-inch television, a cable box and some coins were missing from the home. The value of the missing items is believed to be $3,700.

At 12:46 a.m. Friday, police were called to the 800 block of North Franklin, where Brian Truelove reported that when he came home, he found his front door open and his window air conditioner laying in the floor. Truelove reported that his 37 -inch flat-screen television, an Xbox 360 and a Dell computer, all valued at $2,050, were missing from the home.

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, officers took a report from Frances Fryer, who told police that a burglary and theft had occurred at her home in the 1300 block of Lee Circle on Jan. 18. In the burglary, an Xbox 360, Xbox 360 controllers, Xbox 360 games and chargers were taken with a total value of $580.