- Last Updated on 04:54 PM 04/30/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Halifax County authorities are investigating a rash of break-ins that have plagued one business and three residences in the Clover and Scottsburg communities in April.
According to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, break-ins occurred at a Clover business and three Scottsburg residences between April 16-27. Authorities said they believe all of these incidents are related.
A break-in at D.J.’s Discount Tires on Mill Road in Clover was the first of the break-ins to be reported on April 16.
Business owner James Anderson told Investigator C. J. Yeatts someone broke into his tire shop and stole a cash register containing an undisclosed amount of cash and checks.
Then between last Friday and Saturday, three other break-ins and thefts were reported at residences on Green Level Road, MacDonald Road and James D. Hagood Highway, the sheriff said.
Juanita Smiley of James D. Hagood Highway reported a break-in at her residence Friday afternoon.
No signs of forced entry were found, but a jewelry chest containing an undisclosed amount of jewelry was taken from the residence.
Investigator M. A. Womack is continuing to investigate the break-in.
Also Friday afternoon, Gladys Bolinger of Green Level Road told authorities someone pried open the back door of her house while no one was home between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and stole jewelry and firearms.
According to Clark, taken in that break-in were a pair of .12-gauge Mossberg shotguns, a .270-Bolt Action rifle, a New England single-barrel .410-gauge shotgun and a gun cleaning kit, all belonging to Bryan Bolinger, and a brown wood jewelry box.
Sgt. Q. W. Clark is continuing the investigation into the break-in at the Green Level Road residence.
On Saturday, Eva Martin of MacDonald Road reported the theft of a red Murray push mower valued at $150.
Deputy J.P. Adams is investigating the theft.
The sheriff said authorities continue to follow leads on these break-ins and thefts, and anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s department at 476-3339.
“Anyone who believes they may have seen unusual activity or an unfamiliar vehicle in this area is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office,” Clark said.
Spring is here now, he added, and the temperatures are finally beginning to get warmer which means it will be busy time for law enforcement, just as it is for the wider community.
“With the warmer weather, our neighborhoods come alive with outdoor activity, from yard work around the home to increased social and recreational gatherings such as picnics, concerts, and sporting events. And just as honest citizens emerge from the indoors with the passing of winter, the incidence of crime increases as well,” he said.
That’s why it’s important to be prepared for the possibility of new threats to persons and property as the days grow longer and more comfortable for law- abiding citizens and potential perpetrators alike.
Clark offered the following helpful crime prevention tips for this spring season:
• Remember to keep exterior doors locked at all times. Even if you are on the property, if you are not within visual range of an entrance, it’s a good idea to keep it secured, such as locking your front door and garage when you are working in the back yard. And always make sure to lock your doors when leaving, even if you only intend to be away for a brief time.
• If you open sliding doors and windows to enjoy the fresh spring air in your home, be sure to lock them securely when you retire for the evening.
• Installing motion sensitive lights is a great way to assure no one approaches your home’s entrances during darkness without being illuminated.
• Remember to return items used outside to their proper storage places when finished using them, especially ladders and tools that could be used by an intruder to facilitate entry into your home. It’s also a good idea to lock outbuildings such as garages and sheds to prohibit entry to unauthorized persons.
• Be on guard against possible home improvement scams. A good policy is to only receive contractor services from a reputable business you have contacted yourself.
• If a worker from a utility company comes to your home to perform service, it’s a good idea to request identification. You can also call the company represented to confirm that the individual is indeed a legitimate employee. And always remember to roll up your vehicle’s windows, remove any valuables which may tempt theft and securely lock the vehicle’s doors even it is parked in your driveway.
• Always be on the lookout for suspicious activity and help keep a watchful eye when neighbors are away.
“Rest assured, the men and women of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office are committed to keeping residents and visitors alike safe as the weather improves and the days lengthen,” Clark added.