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Town of Carbon burglarized twice

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Carbon resident Bruce Webster helps repair the broken door while C6 Bar co-owner Sam Hall took a break Tuesday.
CARBON -- As the Carbon Town Marshall, Clay County Sheriff's Department and United States Postal Inspectors Office began investigating two burglaries that occurred sometime between late Monday evening and early Tuesday morning at Carbon, officials arrested a man in connection with a Sept. 1 residential burglary.

According to authorities, someone used a large object, possibly a sledgehammer, to break into the Carbon Post Office and the C6 Bar.

Details about the break-in at the post office will be limited due to the federal investigation, but Postmaster Gloria F. Kruzan there was a break-in.

"We didn't find any evidence that the mail was damaged during the break-in," Kruzan said.

The post office, which serves a little more than 380 residents, was open for business throughout the afternoon although there was a slight delay in delivering mail to residential customers due to the investigation.

According to officials at the Clay County Sheriff's Dept., it is unclear if any items are missing from the post office.

"I want to ensure people that our post office is secured," Kruzan said as repairs were being done to the two back doors of the building. "We're good to go again."

Repairs were also underway at the C6 Bar.

"I don't think this was kids. They would have taken alcohol and cigarettes and none is missing," C6 Bar Co-owner Sam Hall said while repairing the front door of the business. "Whoever it was, they knew what they were doing. They cut the security cameras, the telephone line and the meter box, although I don't know why. They broke every door in there while looking for cash."

This is the second break-in in the past two months at the bar, and Hall is frustrated not only at the loss of the stolen cash but because the cost repairing the damages.

"The last time it was about $4,000. They even took the safe," Hall said. "This time, we don't have a damage estimate, but they didn't get much."

Hall hopes the burglars were not Carbon residents.

"I like everyone in this town," Hall said. "I really hope it is not someone that I know."

Officials informed The Brazil Times late Tuesday evening that they are actively seeking a person of interest for questioning in both burglaries.

Meanwhile in the southern part of the county, officials arrested Larry West, 23, Terre Haute, for his connection in a Sept. 1 residential burglary.

According to Deputy James Switzer, an unidentified Center Point homeowner startled and confronted two men about entering their home and trespassing on their property Saturday. As the two men fled, the homeowner was able to get the license plate of their vehicle and provide it to authorities. During the investigation, West provided voluntary statements to Switzer about the vehicle.

Switzer said the "totality of evidence" concerning West's involvement in the burglary led to his arrest.

West was arrested on preliminary felony charges of burglary, theft, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He was also charged with an additional non-related charge of possession of an open vehicle title.

He remains in the Clay County Justice Center to await arraignment.

Officials are looking for the second individual involved in the Center Point burglary and any information about the Carbon burglaries.

To report information about these cases or any other, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.



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