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Rash of burglaries keep police busy in recent weeks

During the past two months, a rash of residential and commercial break-ins has netted intruders assorted items, including weapons and cash throughout Thomson.

Police made two arrests last week and have filed burglary charges against both of those suspects. Authorities believe there are several other suspects behind the series of break-ins, but aren't sure if they are part of any organized group.

"There have been a lot of similarities to the residential and commercial break-ins that we've been experiencing the last two months," Thomson Police Department Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle told The McDuffie Mirror during an interview last Friday.

During the last two months, police have investigated 28 burglaries within the city limits, Lt. Whittle said.

A total of 13 occurred in November, while 15 had occurred in December as of last Friday.

"We've really been hit hard by these burglaries," Lt. Whittle said. "The county has had a lot of them, too."

In many cases, homeowners, as well as business owners, don't have burglar alarms.

"I would advise anybody that could afford burglar alarms to get them, because it does help," Lt. Whittle said. "I'd also advise homeowners and business owners to keep some lights on inside and around their homes and businesses. Sometimes that keeps burglars away."

The veteran lawman also advised homeowners and business owners to have safes bolted to the floor. In several recent break-ins, intruders stole safes.

An undisclosed amount of money was stolen, along with other items when the safe of Dallas and Medlin Law Firm, located on Black Street, recently was burglarized.

Officer Don Hilson said someone broke a window on the south side of the office building to gain entry. Once inside, intruders went through each of the offices before making off with the safe.

As of last Friday, police still were searching for the whereabouts of the safe and stolen goods, as well as suspects.

"We're hoping to run down some leads that might bring about some other arrests," Lt. Whittle said.

Anyone with information regarding person or persons committing such crimes in Thomson or McDuffie County, is asked to contact the Thomson Police Department at 706-595-2166.

Web posted on Thursday, December 25, 2008

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