Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 7, 2013

Bluefield police probe rash of break-ins

BLUEFIELD — Detectives with the Bluefield Police Department are actively investigating a series of break-ins at local businesses that have occurred within the past week.

Interim Bluefield Police Chief D.M. “Dennis” Dillow said on Wednesday that there are “some similarities” concerning the rash of break-ins, but he said that detectives have not yet determined enough of a link in the crimes to say for certain if the break-ins are all related.

“They’re not getting into every business they have attempted to get inside, and there is no apparent pattern to determine for sure what they are after,” Dillow said. “I don’t know if they were scared off by alarms or by one of our patrols in the businesses that they could not get inside. They haven’t stolen any particular items from the businesses that they gained access to.”

Dillow said that an individual or individuals unknown gained access to the North Street offices of Dr. Robert R. Stevens, DDS by breaking a window. Dillow did not say how the person or persons unknown entered TLC Dental Care on Maryland Avenue, or Kammer’s Furniture on Bland Street.

Dillow said that detectives were called to investigated attempted break-ins at Veterinarians Associates on East Cumberland Road or at an American Electric Power location in the city.

Dillow said the department is actively investigating all of the break-ins, and predicted that the police will make arrests whether the cases are related or not.

“They’ll slip up and we’ll get them,” Dillow said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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