There's a lot of police work going on at the Brazil City Police Department.
"It's been busy," BCPD Police Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times Thursday. "We have several leads that we are checking out in several ongoing cases."
Archer provided a few safety tips and updates about the cases, including:
* Keep all outer doors locked and always check to see if the person knocking on your door late at night is someone you actually know. If you don't know them, don't open the door.
Archer said Kenneth E. Roberts, 27, Brazil, remains in custody at the Clay County Justice Center awaiting formal arraignment for his alleged involvement in a residential robbery that took place on Sept. 24.
According to police reports, at 12:13 a.m., two masked suspects armed with a stun gun, and later a knife, entered a home at 403 West Jackson St., and allegedly got into a fight with the couple that lived there. The couple sustained injuries during the struggle, but they were able to pull the masks off the suspects.
Roberts was recognized and later arrested at his girlfriend's home. Officers are still tracking down leads to locate the second unidentified suspect.
"The suspect is described as being clean shaved male, approximately 6-feet-2-inches tall with a thin build and short brown hair," Archer said.
* Keep window curtains closed and trim shrubs and trees close to the home to prevent hiding places that could allow someone visibility inside a home at night.
While investigating a "Peeping Tom" report from Sept. 19, Archer confirms another one occurred.
"Earlier this week, we had another one reported in an area near the intersection of State Road 59 and Ridge Street," Archer said.
Although there are not a large number of these types of incidents reported in the Brazil area, Archer said suspicious activity should be reported.
"Not everyone walking around at night is up to no good," he said. "If someone is out walking down the alley, that doesn't necessarily need reported, but, if they are hiding in the bushes, looking in windows and inside cars that is suspicious and should be reported. They could be casing the home or car so they can return later."
* Lock vehicle doors and, if outside, park them in well-lit areas.
Although reports of car break-ins and thefts are currently down, Archer said local residents should always take precautions to protect their property inside vehicles.
"People need to be aware of their surroundings," he said. "It only takes a minute to lock a car door, and it does help deter a thief. Also remember to take the keys out."
To report suspicious activity or make a report about a crime after it happens, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211. To report a crime in progress, contact 911.