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Thieves 'on roll,' police chief says

Thursday, January 17, 2002

An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from White River Insurance Agency, Inc. of Salem, located next to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, on Jan. 9.

An agent for the insurance company, Tracy Lancaster, discovered the burglary when she arrived at work that morning and noticed money was missing.

Salem Police Chief Albert Roork said the suspects gained entry by prying open the rear door to the building.

"It's real brazen, we got some people that are on a roll. If they continue, one of my officers will be there, guaranteed," Roork said.

On Jan. 10 Salem Police Chief Albert Roork responded to a call that three units at the Skyvue Mini-Storage in Salem had been broken into.

According to Roork the suspects used bolt cutters to cut the locks.

Private property was stolen from one of the units. Roork said it has not been determined if anything was taken from the other two units.

He said this is another situation where people need to double up on security. He said locks can be purchased which cannot be cut with bolt cutters.

He said most people aren't willing to pay the extra price for the more secure locks. Instead they pay $6 for a lock that isn't secure. He suggests that residents and business owners invest in safer locks.

Roork cautions the public to mark their items so they can be identified. He said it's important to record serial numbers. He said, "Times have changed. The public needs to take safeguards."

Roork predicted the rash of burglaries will continue due to the deterioration of the community. He said, "It's a sign of things to come." He explained that Salem has reached a time when they need to act and react like the people in Chicago and other areas. Residents will need to lock their vehicles, and make sure everything is secure, the chief said.

Fulton County has a lot of thugs and many who will not work, he said.

He said these burglaries are crimes of opportunity. If thieves are given the opportunity they will steal. He advises businesses not to leave money overnight, to make bank deposits on a regular basis because any disaster could occur, such as a fire or a burglary.

Roork said it is not advisable to leave keys in a vehicle.

He explained that law enforcement has a lot of area to cover and they cannot be everywhere.

Roork said Deputy Paul Martin from the Fulton County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigations.



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