Following in the pattern of recent break-ins was an attempted burglary of the Dollar General Store in Salem Jan. 21.
Salem authorities were called to the business Monday morning after employees discovered someone had broken into the business.
After authorities spoke with employees and inspected the scene, they determined the burglars had successfully broken into the business through a bathroom area on a side entrance but did not take any money or merchandise, according to Dollar General assistant manager Naomi Clingan.
"This particular Dollar Store has a really good alarm system," said Salem Police Chief Albert Roork. "I don't know this, but I suspect (the burglars) didn't take anything when they saw the system."
Roork said authorities believe the burglars are the same ones who have been responsible for similar break-ins at area businesses throughout the past month. He said there are currently no suspects, but the department will continue investigating the incident.
Recently similar break-ins have been reported throughout the area. On Jan. 5 someone broke into the Family Dollar in Hardy and stole cash and checks. On Jan. 8 over $2,000 was taken from the Dollar General Store in Thayer.
No arrests have been made in any of the robberies.