APD probes string of BE’s

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 17, 2005

AHOSKIE – A recent string of break-ins remain under investigation by the Ahoskie Police Department.

Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh is asking for the public’s help in order to solve three separate crimes. He said information could be passed along anonymously by calling the Ahoskie Crimestoppers hotline at 332-4066.

He also advised area residents to be on the alert for individuals making unsolicited sales pitches.

&uot;Normally, in those situations, what they are trying to sell are stolen items,&uot; Fitzhugh said. &uot;I would advise against buying those items, no matter how good the price sounds. What you can really do to help us catch these thieves is to gain as much information as you can about the suspect – approximate height, weight, build, complexion, any identifying marks or tattoos – or information about the vehicle they are operating.&uot;

The first reported break-in occurred sometimes after 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 and prior to 7 a.m. on Friday, March 11 at Basnight Home Center, located at 117 East Church Street.

Chief Fitzhugh said the roll-up doors at the Home Center’s warehouse were raised approximately two feet. He added that those doors were supposedly locked at closing time on March 10.

&uot;Once the suspect or suspects got past the roll-up door, they were able to force open an inside door, thus gaining entry to the warehouse,&uot; Fitzhugh said. &uot;There they were able to make off with several power tools.&uot;

APD Lt. Scott Outlaw is investigating the case.

Also on March 11, a call was placed to the Police Department at approximately 5:42 p.m. from a resident on North Catherine Creek Road.

Fitzhugh said once the resident arrived home, they noticed the back door was ajar. One item was missing from the home.

The third break-in involved a vehicle parked at Ahoskie Tire, located on Memorial Drive. That incident occurred sometimes after 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 and prior to 9 a.m. on Monday, March 14.

Chief Fitzhugh said one of the windows of the vehicle had been broken out and the car radio was stolen.