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Police probe Sunday night burglaries

A rash of crimes overnight Sunday has Brookhaven Police ChiefPap Henderson seeing red.

“I won’t be satisfied until we have someone in custody,” hesaid.

Sunday night’s incidents included a break-in, which was reportedat 7:17 a.m. Monday, at Brookhaven Rent-All. Henderson said thesubjects had gotten into the backyard and had run a pickup truckinto the building.

Henderson said the fence around the backyard kept his patrolunits from being able to see either the crime occurring or thedamage done by the pickup truck until the call came in the nextmorning.

There was also a break-in at Nations Pontiac, which was notreported until 7:27 a.m. Monday.

Henderson said the thieves took a small amount of money from thebuilding. He said he thought there could be a link between the twoburglaries.

“I feel the one at Brookhaven Rent-All and the one at NationsPontiac could have been related,” Henderson said.

In addition, windows were broken out at several businessesaround town. Henderson said he thinks that activity could also bethe work of the same vandals and thieves.

“Or it could be as small as kids throwing rocks at windows, butvandalism like that is intolerable,” he said. “All of this is.We’re not going to tolerate that stuff.”

A third burglary Sunday night was at Cracker Barrel South, andofficials do not believe it to be related to the other crimes.Henderson said the burglar made entry by breaking the glass in thefront door with a large ashtray stand outside.

The crime was detected at 2:04 a.m.

Henderson said his officers had done their routine check of thebusiness less than an hour before that and everything was fine. Theburglar took an undisclosed amount of money from the businessbefore leaving the scene.

“The crimes are all still under investigation,” Henderson said.”But we don’t believe the Cracker Barrel South crime to be relatedto the others.

“We’re not going to put up with this kind of thing in ourcommunity.”