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Rash of break-ins, thefts in county

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mike Heaton
Southern Clay County residents who have been a recent victim of a break-in and/or vehicle or property theft are asked to report information to local law enforcement officials.

On Friday, officials confirmed to The Brazil Times members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the Clay City Police Department are currently investigating a rash of reports of criminal activity in and around the Clay City area and in Harrison Township.

Information -- no matter how much or little -- is crucial in solving crimes.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the three law enforcement agencies are working together to locate the suspects and the whereabouts of any of the stolen items.

To report suspicious activity or information about these (or any other) crimes, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535, Indiana State Police at (812) 299-1153 or the Clay City Police at (812) 939-2311.

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This has been going on for about 3 weeks in the Clay City area. There has been several vehicles stolen (most have been located) and numerous business broken into with mostly small items taken. Who would have thought there would be so much crime in Mayberry?

-- Posted by SmokeEater75 on Sat, Nov 21, 2009, at 12:16 PM

Would be interesting to know circumstances of these auto thefts....Were they locked and keys removed?

Very hard now with steering wheel locks to hot wire a car and drive it away. Are these vehicles being towed or driven off?

When I see cars left running in parking lots around town with no people inside it's just inviting someone who is easily tempted to take it for a joy ride.

I am not saying that it's any less wrong to steal a car that has keys in it, but why tempt them? Locked doors won't keep hardened criminals out but will steer away to an easier target. Owners need to be proactive, if for no other reason than to keep their auto insurance rates down as once they put in claim for stolen or damaged car, their policy will be flagged for costing more.

Like smoking cigarettes, not wearing seat belts, being of an unhealthy weight; all are personal choices but insurance rates [whether health or auto] are based on many factors. Some of them we can control. Not leaving keys in car and keeping it locked is one of those choices.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Nov 22, 2009, at 9:50 AM

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