According to Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce, several local businesses have been broken into during the past month.
The BCPD and Clay County Sheriff's Department have investigated eight burglary cases, including burglary reports at Dairy Queen, 1 South Union Street, R&R Feeds-Pets & Western Tack, 606 West National Ave., Maurizio's Pizza & Restaurant, 2 South Union St., and Warren Tire, Inc., 220 East National Ave., within the past week along with Double M Diner, 1421 East National Ave., The Alamo, 911 East National Ave., and Clark's Auto Repair, 1300 E. National Ave., a few weeks before.
"Who ever is doing this is only taking cash," Pierce said about investigator's perception the suspects might be kids or petty thieves. "Like this week, they only got away with approximately $60 worth of small change from registers, but did almost $2,000-$3,000 in damages to the building to get to it."
The break-in at Clark's was slightly different, according to Pierce.
The discovery of some of the stolen merchandise being sold led investigators to breaking that case and the arrest and formal charging of Brazil resident James L. Cooprider, 24, for Theft and Receiving Stolen Property
As for the remaining investigations, Pierce said there is potential evidence they could be linked to the same suspects, who could be juveniles.
"I believe this goes back to the curfew issue," Pierce told The Brazil Times. "Young people don't have any business being out at all hours of the night, but there are a lot of them out there."
Although officers have been doing extra patrols around the city, Pierce said residents should make sure their homes, garages and vehicles are locked as well as remaining vigilant to suspicious activity in their area.
To report information about these investigations or any other crime, contact the Brazil City police at 446-2211 or the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535. To report a crime in progress, contact 911.