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Rash of break-ins continue in Carbon

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Carbon Town Hall was the latest in a string of five buildings or residences to be broken into. Ivy Jackson Photo.
CARBON -- Five break-ins occurred in Carbon last weekend according to law enforcement officials, who received another report late Wednesday afternoon.

Town Board President Josephine Rightsell contacted Carbon Town Marshall Ron Keen after a ladies' quilting group she was a part of discovered a door was damaged at the building.

"Carbon really isn't any different than any other town, break-ins are happening everywhere," Rightsell said Friday. "This is very upsetting."

Rightsell said that apparently after the suspect(s) gained entry to the building they threw things around and took supplies from the town's water department. But that wasn't the most upsetting part for Rightsell.

The suspects left a portable heating unit on inside the building.

"You wouldn't have believed the amount of heat that hit you in the face when you opened the door," Rightsell said. "If it would have been left for very much longer, I'm sure it would have caught fire."

Carbon Town Marshall Ron Keen confirmed that he is investigating the report as part of a joint investigation with Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Siddons.

Siddons is currently investigating four other reports of burglary and/or vandalism at the Carbon United Methodist Church, Carbon Church of the Nazarene, "little historic church of Carbon" and at an undisclosed rural Carbon residence.

The investigation has determined that the two churches were broken into sometime after midnight Saturday and before church services Sunday morning, but when the residence was broken into can only be narrowed down to sometime within the last week.

Around 9 a.m. Sunday, the Carbon United Methodist Church reported items thrown around the basement and 10-15 videos were taken from a church member video library.

The Carbon Church of the Nazarene reported at the same time that a door was broken into to gain access. The suspects dumped and threw items from shelves about the building and took an AM/FM CD player and a portable DVD player.

Owners of an undisclosed residence, which is undergoing major renovations, reported later Sunday that a window had been broken and a door was kicked in to gain access to the inside. The suspects entered the attic and removed all of the newly installed electrical wiring.

Officials were notified early Wednesday morning that the backdoor of the "little historic church of Carbon" was broken into, but nothing else was reported damaged inside the building.

Siddons said if anyone finds signs of vandalism, theft or to report information about this incident, or any others, contact him at the Clay County Justice Center at 446-2535.

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