Cherokee Village Criminal Investigator, Shane Hightower, the Sharp County robberies are believed to be connected to others in Fulton and Baxter counties.
Clyde's Chuckwagon, Dot.com Cafe, the former Moore Brothers building and Senior Jose' Mexican Restaurant were all broken into. Hightower said there was also an unsuccessful attempt at Meachums Restaurant.
"The time frame, tools used and methods for entry have led us to believe these break-ins are related to those in Fulton and Baxter counties," Hightower said.
Hightower said, although there was a chain of break-ins similar to these recently, there has been an arrest made for those. These are not connected, but unfortunately some of the same businesses were hit.
According to Salem Police Chief Albert Roork there were eight businesses broken into in Salem. The businesses broken into were White Tires, Salem Laundry, 62 Dairy Freeze, Southfork Cafe, Salem Square Bakery, Sweet Repeats Consignment, Groovy Little Flower Shop and a building owned by the city.
Roork said whoever broke into the businesses pried open the doors and that the thief or thieves seemed to rob one business after the other.
According to a press release from the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, K.T.'s BBQ Restaurant in Gassville, Gregg Farm Supply in Midway, "The Shop" Automotive Repair on Buzzard Roost Road in rural Mountain Home and Plumlee Tires also in rural Mountain Home were broken into in the same manner as the other businesses.
One of the businesses in Salem had security cameras set up, which was able to get a glimpse of one of the suspected thieves.
If anyone knows of any information involving the burglaries, they are asked to call either the Baxter (425-7000), Fulton (895-2601) or Sharp (994-7355) County Sheriffs' Offices.