Police investigate series of break-ins in Douglas County

NEWMAN — Police are trying to determine whether a series of five break-ins reported Saturday in four different Douglas County communities are related, authorities said Sunday.

No arrests had been reported in connection with any of the incidents, including two in Newman, as of Sunday night, Douglas County Chief Deputy Peter Buckley said.

Newman Police Chief Shane St. Clair said officers were called to the Restoration General Store, 124 S. Broadway, Newman, on Saturday to respond to a break-in.

“Somebody put a shoulder in the back door to get in, went to a cash register and emptied the cash register,” St. Clair said. “The person also took a small container of coins and left.”

St. Clair said the store closed at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the break-in was noticed at about noon on Saturday.

While police were investigating that incident, they discovered another break-in about a half-block away at the Newman City Hall, 100 S. King St.

“Somebody damaged the back door with a crow bar to get in, went to the clerk’s office and pried open two file cabinets,” St. Clair said. “Nothing appears to be missing.”  

St. Clair said that state police crime scene investigators have been called to the scene to investigate.

Also Saturday:

— At 9:18 a.m., police were called to the Arthur Library, 225 S. Walnut, to respond to a break-in there at 9:18 a.m.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken in that incident, according to police.

— At 9:28 a.m., Villa Grove police were called to the Camargo Township District Library, 14 N. Main St.

In that incident, somebody broke into the building, took an undisclosed amount of money and left, according to police.

— At 12:58 p.m., police were called to the township clerk’s office in the Civic Center in Hindsboro, where an interior door was reported shouldered open.

No information was available on whether anything was taken.

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brian b wrote on January 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

lol all those buildings are easy to get in to..and thats what happens when you have a part time cop. dont take much to know when hes working.i bet i know who did this but i wont tell