Valley residents of Douglas County have been the victims of a string of burglaries during the past week.
On 06/02/17 a resident in the 100 Blk. of 20th St. NE found someone had forced their way in through a back door. The burglars stole liquor, collectable swords and knives, an i-phone, and two i-pads. They also vandalized the inside of the house causing thousands of dollars in damage.
A second nearby residence was also broken into. Three guns, ammunition, and an i-pad were stolen.
On 06/09/17 a third burglary occurred in the 2000 Blk. of Ashland where the intruders stole a rifle from an unsecured garage.
A fourth burglary occurred from an unsecured garage in the 100 Blk. of Wilshire. The burglars stole medication, carbon fiber motorcycle gloves, and an i-phone charger.
A fifth burglary occurred on 06/14/17 at Lisa Bee’s fruit stand at the 13000 Blk. of Hwy. 2. Three cash registers, $1,250 in cash, a Mac laptop computer, and an i-phone 6S were stolen. There was substantial vandalism inside the business. A neighbor who lived west of the business said he had seen a suspicious vehicle in the area. It was a dark or flat black wagon with a very loud exhaust.
A sixth incident occurred on 06/09/17 at the Grant Missionary Church at the 100 Blk. of S. Kentucky. A contractor working inside the church saw a grey Z71 pickup backed up to a storage building. There were two white males near the truck. When they saw they were being observed they ran to the pickup and fled.
This spike in burglaries is not usual in Douglas County. I encourage everyone to be security conscious. Report any suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately. Try to provide detailed descriptions of suspicious persons or vehicle’s.
If anyone had information about any of these or other crimes, call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 884-0941 or, after hours, RiverCom dispatch at 663-9911.