Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce told The Brazil Times a total of four locations have been broken into since July 8.
The most recent incident occurred at approximately 4:54 a.m., Sunday, when BCPD officers were dispatched to the Eagles Lodge No. 274, 122 E. National Ave., in response to an activated security alarm.
"The glass on the north entrance was broken," Pierce said. "The Clay County Sheriff's Department assisted in the investigation, which found the cash register busted on the floor, but the cash drawer was not taken, and neither was anything else."
Three other burglary reports came in July 8, including one apiece from Mario Brothers Mexican Restaurant (539 E. National Ave., Brazil), Brazil Family Dentistry (497 E. United States 40, Brazil) and A Back and Neck Pain Center (510 E. U.S. 40, Brazil).
"Both the dentistry and pain center noticed someone had broken in when they came to open their offices," Pierce said. "The cash drawers and change were taken."
However, additional security measures at Mario's presented some assistance into the investigation.
"Mauro provided us with security video from his restaurant, which shows an individual putting on a mask prior to entering the building around 3:50 a.m.," Pierce said. "Once inside, the individual went directly to the area with the cash register and stole the money. The one problem with the video is that with the time the offense occurred, it is too dark to get a fully detailed description of the suspect."
Pierce told The Brazil Times he believed money was the single target in each burglary, as nothing else was reported stolen from any of the scenes.
"Similar to the robbery of the Double M Diner a couple months ago, it appears the person, or persons, involved in the burglaries were only after cash," he said. "As a result of the most recent break-ins, we will probably be stepping up patrols in the evenings."
Pierce advised residents and business owners to ensure their homes and properties are locked and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
To report information about these investigations or any other crime, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211, or the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535 for incidents in the county. To report a crime in progress, call 911.