Break-ins plague South, Hill area
Eight businesses on South and Hill avenues have been burglarized since Monday, with thieves breaking into soft drink machines and stealing cash and tools.
Many of the break-ins occurred between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The businesses that have been targeted include: Premier Steel, 2351 Hill, where someone climbed a 6-foot fence to reach a door that was pried open. Tools were gathered and put into a bucket and a box and left by a rear overhead door. Fabri-Steel Supply, Inc., 2445 Hill, where $400 in tools and coins were stolen and a soft drink machine was damaged by someone who used a sledgehammer to break in. Nickles Bakery, Inc., 2698 Hill, where a man was seen climbing into an office window. The man fled on a bicycle without taking anything. Lott Industries, 3350 Hill, where $200 damage occurred to a soft drink machine by a man who entered the building through an unlocked door. He fled when an employee caught him trying to pry open the machine. Underground Pipe & Valve Corp., 4212 South, where at least $136 and a roll of stamps were taken and a soda machine was damaged. Police are unsure how the burglars entered. Sabco Industries, 4511 South, where someone broke a window and took an unknown amount of money from vending machines. Willis Machinery & Tools Co., 4545 South, where $850 in tools was stolen by someone who pried open a rear door. Bicycle tracks led to a neighboring victim, Day & Sons Supply Co., 4565 South, where burglars ripped sheet metal from a back wall, took $30 from snack jars, and stole a van.
Detective John Rose said a break-in Saturday at O'Connell Machine, 2 North Westwood Ave., may be related. Burglars took at least $80, an undetermined amount of money from vending machines, and keys to a truck after shattering a window.