Police Investigating Rash Of Burglaries

Area law enforcement agencies are investigating a string of burglaries in Crothersville and surrounding area since the first of the month.

Crothersville Chief of Police Richard Hanlin said his department is investigating three home burglaries and a business break-in and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary just outside of town.

Hanlin said the burglars seem to be focusing on electronics and jewelry. “Things that can quickly be pawned,” he said. None of the stolen items have been recovered, he added.

Hanlin said burglaries occurred twice at the same residence on Jackson Street and that a Central Avenue home was burglarized all within a four day period in early January.

“We don’t think they are being committed by the same people,” said the chief. “We have a couple of suspects on each one and I am hoping to have charges filed on at least one by sometime this week.”

He said his department and investigators with the sheriff’s department are sharing information and suspect’s names.

Hanlin said the thieves seem to watching homes for residents’ routines and habits to make sure no one is at home. “Sometimes they will ring a door bell or knock on the door to make sure the home is empty before breaking in,” Hanlin said.

The chief advised residents to lock their doors, even if they are going to be gone for a brief period of time. “And if you can, alternate your daily routine. Don’t leave and return at the same time each day for daily errands.”

“And it’s a good idea to not to have valuables out in plain view at your home or in your car,” he said.

Amick’s Laundramat in Crothersville was broken into last Thursday, Hanlin said but no details were available as of newspaper deadline.