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Grand Island police investigate string of burglaries
Thieves are making their way through Grand Island trashing homes and breaking into businesses. Since the first of the year right up until January 15th there have been a total of 30 burglaries.
Officer Butch Hurst says burglaries have been on the rise lately. Eighteen businesses and 12 homes were broken into. Police are being more vigilant and asking communities to keep a watchful eye.
News 5 spoke with a resident and business owner, victims of the burglaries they tell me what they lost.
"That's scary. You don't know whether they're going to come back and kill you or what."
A raid of burglaries across the city of Grand Island has residents uneasy.
"They kicked in here you can still see the foot print. TV was stolen, my safe was stolen, my shot gun, a whole bunch of stuff. My place was ransacked, just a mess, terrible mess," said Cindy Gosda.
This resident says he also lost valuable papers and everything stolen was worth at least $35,000.
Typically thieves come out during the night but in this series of burglaries homes and businesses have been broken into in broad day light.
"I had noticed that there was extra light coming in the back door and so I went to look at it and found it bent, like someone had been prying against it," Gosda said.
Whether thieves gave up or were scared off, owner of AC Laundry Cindy Gosda says the twisted steel door is the worst damage to their facility.
Back at one residence, the owner wasn't so fortunate.
"Old silver certificate, 50 dollar bills worth money in a billfold, I had ten $2 bills gone, all that's gone."
Officer Butch Hurst of the Grand Island Police Department says they're still searching for leads.
"It just seems like it's really been an increase especially recently and that's why we're asking public support not only Grand Island but anywhere if you see something that looks suspicious please call your local law enforcement. Don't call the business office, call directly to 911," said Hurst.
Community members are being asked to visit www.usaonwatch.org. On the site victims can fill out a personal property identification record form. They can also get more information on forming neighborhood watches.
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