12 and Counting
Dr. Emily Hoon was momentarily terrified Sunday afternoon after learning her office had been burglarized. She worried about two things: her fish and the cabinet her husband spent ten years building for her. Luckily, neither were harmed during the break-in.
"There's a big feeling of relief," Hoon said. "But there's also this feeling of being violated and 'why would somebody do this?'"
Hoon's co-workers were not so lucky; two laptops and a printer were missing from two other offices. According to Sgt. Brad Litchfield, these were not a victim-less crimes and they are taking them very seriously.
"We do take it personally as the officers who are assigned to those zones," Litchfield explained. "We don't like to see our statistics going up for burglaries or anything else, so everyone's pitching in to see if we can put an end to this as soon as possible."
Four detectives are assigned to the cases. Charges could range from attempted theft to theft to grand theft to burglary. Litchfield said the majority of the items stolen were electronics.
"It looks like the suspects were looking for any items of value," he said. "They took computers, a couple DVD players and stuff like that."
The hits were all targeted against office space, but retailers are warned to keep a close eye out for anything unusual, because of the proximity of all the victims to each other, Litchfield said he does not think these were random acts.
"One group of suspects is what we believe. We don't thing it was random and several different groups came up to burglarize this same area," Litchfield said. "It's one group we're looking at, and detectives do have some leads they'll be following up on during the week."
Hoon said she is happy there are leads and she would like to see the suspects caught, but she is not worries about them coming back:
"They now know we don't have anything here. Why would they come back?"
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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