Randolph County continues to be plagued by break-ins of businesses - nearly a dozen transpired between May 21 and 25, state police said this week.
"We've probably seen in excess of 10," Sgt. P.B. Cork with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police said Sunday.
Most recently, bandits broke into Crazy Harry's Greenhouse, Butcher Tire Company and Marlea's bridal shop, Cork confirmed. The sergeant said they entered Crazy Harry's early Saturday morning and Marlea's and Butcher Tire Co. early Friday moring.
"They all happened sometime after midnight," he said, adding that both miscellaneous property and cash were removed during the incidents.
Last week, the state police reported that six businesses along the Beverly Five-lane had been broken into between 2 and 4 a.m. May 22; those included Sonny's Carpet, Seneca Satellites, Sharp's Jewelry, Penny's Pretty Paws, Total Training Fitness and Hollywood Hair.
A dispatcher with the Elkins Police Department also indicated that officers are investigating additional break-ins within city limits; however, additional information was unavailable by presstime.
Cork said investigating officers believe the same perpetrator or perpetrators are behind all the break-ins.
"We're thinking it's probably the same party," he said, "but we can't say for sure if it's one person or a group of people."
Cork encourages anyone with information or tips to contact the Elkins detachment by calling 304-637-0200.
He also advises business owners to watch their backs.
"They need to be aware that this kind of stuff is going on," he said. "There isn't one particular business being targeted here. We've got everything from hair salons to greenhouses."
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