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Poth burglary surge continues
Wilson County NewsApril 16, 2014 | 2,983 views | 3 comments
Since Jan. 1, Poth has experienced at least 11 burglaries. Chief Lowell Hull of the Poth Police Department said four of those incidents have been reported since Feb. 27:
•A gym on Carroll Street was broken into Feb. 27. Approximately $200 worth of exercise DVDs were stolen.
•A home on Carroll Street was broken into March 17 and various items were taken.
•The Poth Food Mart on Dilworth Plaza was broken into March 29. Hull said someone entered the store’s coin-operated laundry facility through a window and stole $40 to $50 in quarters.
•The owners of Lee Roy’s One Stop on U.S. 181 reported April 3 that someone had broken in, stolen the surveillance-video recorder, and attempted to steal a TV set. Hull said officials believe two suspects had cut the building’s electrical power, so officials were unable to obtain footage of them from the recorder when it was recovered.
Hull advises residents and business owners to lock their doors and windows. When it comes to security upgrades, the chief suggests installing an audible alarm and concealed cameras, both of which should have battery backups.
The year 2014 is off to a harsh start for Poth when it comes to property crimes including burglary, of which the city usually sees few. According to Uniform Crime Reports filed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Poth in 2012 had just three burglaries.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call the Poth Police Department at 830-484-0281. Anonymous tips -- for which cash rewards are available if information leads to an arrest or to the recovery of stolen property -- can be furnished to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or http://bit.ly/NDrIut.
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