STRASBURG (WJER) (June 24, 2022) – Police Chief Dave Warrick is urging residents to report any suspicious activity following a recent string of break-ins.
“People tend to hesitate to call us to report it. I encourage you. Don’t wait a day later and say, ‘You know what? I’m gonna call today.’ Because we would rather just show up, and if it’s nothing, it’s nothing.”
He says thieves have been going to great lengths to steal from homes and businesses.
“Over the weekend a business was broken into. They sawzalled through the drywall to reach into the other room and unplugged the cameras and accessed all of the valuables.”
Warrick encourages residents to make secure any exterior buildings including sheds and detached garages, which are frequent targets.
“So if you own a business or know somebody who owns a business and they don’t have an alarm company or a camera system, please urge them to invest in that. Cameras systems are hands down the best thing to help us in investigation.”
Other law enforcement agencies in the area have been dealing with similar issues. Multiple break-ins and burglaries have been reported to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office just this week. One involved the theft of a 75-gallon tank of gas from a cemetery. In another, the suspect broke into a Sugarcreek area home, took some beer, and defecated in a cooler.