Burglars shift attention to city businesses

May 11, 2013

Burglars are out and about hunting – and your valuables are their prey.

After a run of 20 home, building and vehicle burglaries in the county, the burglary trend shifted toward businesses within the city of Granbury.

At least seven Granbury businesses reported break-ins between April 25 and May 6. Also, three residential burglaries were reported in the city, on West Pearl Street, Kinson Street and Elizabeth Boulevard.

Nizza Pizza owner Jim Cox said that burglars didn’t just take money, they hauled off his $1,300 cash register, sometime after midnight early Monday morning. Cox said the drive-through window was broken to gain entry. The total losses including repairs and “a couple hundred dollars” amounted to about $1,700, Cox said.

Lieutenant Cliff Andrews with the Granbury Police Department said the trend is something that happens in cycles and said steps are in motion to address the issue.

“We are aggressively pursuing all leads and actively patrolling the city in an attempt to locate those persons responsible,” Andrews said.

No more than $1,500 was stolen from any of the businesses, he said.

“The means of entry have varied between unlocked doors and forced entry of various types,” Andrews stated. “I would stress that this also included motor vehicles, and it is very important that our citizens ensure their vehicles are locked when they are away from them even if only for a moment.”

Andrews encouraged residents to report suspicious activity as quickly as possible.

Citizens should be ready, he said, to provide descriptions of suspicious persons and vehicles.

“Pay attention to the neighborhoods you live in and work in and look for activity which is out of the ordinary,” Andrews said.

“This type of activity could lead us to solving this problem together.”

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