When Andy Zirkle arrived at work Wednesday morning, he was in for a rude awakening.
Zirkle's company, Seneca Satellites, was one of six businesses targeted in a string of break-ins that occurred early Wednesday morning along the Beverly Five-lane. Thieves also broke into Hollywood Hair, Sharp's Jewelry, Penny's Pretty Paws, Total Training Fitness and Sonny's Carpet, said Senior Trooper S.E. Hevener with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
Both property and cash were stolen, but early in the day Wednesday, Hevener hadn't catalogued the total value of items removed because business owners like Zirkle were still assessing the damage themselves.
"They stole a couple laptops and an iPhone," Zirkle said late Wednesday afternoon after he'd spent the better part of the day cleaning up the wreckage. "They destroyed our cash register - just beat it to pieces - and stole $200 out of it. They knocked out our air conditioner, so we had to go buy a new air conditioner."
The perpetrators also attempted to remove a large flat-screen TV, but dropped it when police arrived on scene, Zirkle said.
"They threw it down and took off," Zirkle said. "They destroyed our filing cabinet and threw papers everywhere." Cell phone chargers and a six-pack of Sprite made the missing list as well.
Hevener, who is investigating the case with Cpl. K.A. Corley, said the break-ins occurred between 2 and 4 a.m.
"There were a lot of air conditioners pushed out and doors kicked in... typical breaking-and-entering stuff," Hevener said. "We're following up on leads we have, but we would definitely appreciate any tips or information people might have." The WVSP can be reached at 304-637-0200.
When asked whether the WVSP had developed any suspects or persons of interest, Hevener replied, "Not that I'm going to release at this point."
The Elkins Police Department is assisting in the investigation.
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