Investigating two separate burglaries on opposite ends of the county, officials are urging some local residents and business owners to take appropriate safety precautions with their property in the future after the discovery of an unknown amount of missing keys taken during a recent burglary of John and John Company, Inc., 13 S. Meridian Street, Brazil.
According to Brazil City Police Detective Clint McQueen, the plumbing business owner contacted the department early Sunday to report several items were taken from the business including an unknown amount of keys to local homes, churches, buildings and businesses in the surrounding area.
"The keys were used during the course of the business operations and were labeled with information about each job," McQueen said about concerns of potential future crimes because of the theft. "A person using these keys to commit a burglary wouldn't be doing the traditional break-in, they'd have a key to get inside the building."
While McQueen was working the burglary in the Brazil area, Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Siddons was investigating a second burglary at an undisclosed location in the southern part of Clay County where a 2003 white Ford extended cab truck was stolen.
Siddons located some of the items taken from crime scene at John and John Company, Inc.
Officials believe the two burglaries are connected, but to what extent is not clear during the preliminary part of the two investigations.
Both departments urge anyone that might have provided keys to their homes or businesses to John and John Company, Inc., to take appropriate measures to protect their property.
Officials also urge the public to be aware and report any unusual activity around churches, businesses or residences in the coming weeks to the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211 or the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.