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More burglaries being investigated

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Eagles Lodge No. 274, 122 E. National Ave., is one of four businesses in Brazil which have been burglarizes since July 8. Jason Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
Local authorities are investigating a rash of burglaries, which occurred in recent days.

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.

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LOL .. this comment: 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."

Should have been omitted. At least make the THIEF believe you have him on film!

Let's hope the BPD can apprehend these thieves and put them behind bars, where they belong!

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 10:37 AM

Keep an eye out for suspicious activity!!!

How many is that now within a few miles or blocks of the BPD within the last few months? Maybe the theives have determined the nightly pattern the night shift patrol officers routinely follow.

Then again, maybe they are just plain lucky.

-- Posted by WickedSpring64 on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 12:39 PM


-- Posted by ram0314 on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 8:06 PM

They caught everyone not wearing a seatbelt. Maybe the theives should drive around without a seatbelt after their robberies. Please forgive me, I just find it ridiculous that people can ride motorcycles without helmets and seatbelts, but to drive an f250, you have to have to be wearing a seatbelt. Priorities of which laws are enforced and which violations will be punished are a little mixed up.

-- Posted by sickhorse on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 12:45 PM

Boy thieves are stupid! Don't they know they work harder at stealing then they would on a full time job? Plus the pay for working is a lot more steady.

Chances are this person or persons have been a customer to these places in the past if not recently.

Better lock up the pigs at the county fair or they will be taking free bacon home with them! LOL!

-- Posted by Keeping An Open Mind on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 12:55 PM

From the comments of the police, one way to deal with this might be for businesses to keep their lights on, or perhaps more efficiently, to put motion detector switches on their lights for night-time use... Would be easier to see culprits on video at night that way. ;-)

-- Posted by NorvalJrJr on Sun, Jul 17, 2011, at 4:33 PM

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