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Burglars target Dawson businesses

April 12, 2006

Dawson--Business owners in downtown Dawson are on high alert after a string of burglaries. In the past month and a half, burglars have broken into at least five businesses on Main Street.

Casper Unlimited and Tanning Salon is one of several businesses recently targeted by thieves. "It was 3:00 AM in the morning that we were hit. And we lost $3,500 worth of merchandise," says store owner, Vanessa Washington.

She says the thieves took no money, but stole plenty of clothing, and damaged the store's door.

"The entire glass was broken out. They crawled through," she says.

Unfortunately, the store's alarm service wasn't enough to catch the crooks. "I think they timed it as far as how long it would take for the alarm to go off. I think we're dealing with some pretty good professional people here," she says.

Washington and owners at Dawson Seafood and Fish House, Peddler's Post, and Dawson Cleaner's, all filed police reports. Linda Fisher with Bell's Diner didn't, but she says she was also a crime victim last week.

"About Monday morning I came in to open for business and found out we had a break in," says Fisher.

A can filled with money for disabled children was stolen from her salad bar. "They emptied the candy out on the floor and on the table and took the little money on the table that was in there," she says.

Dawson police have made no arrests. "We got some information on a suspect and it's being looked into. We can't go any further than that," says Major Tommy Poupard with Dawson Police.

But they say they are keeping a close eye on things. "We have stepped up mobile patrol in those areas," he says.

Business owners say that's not good enough. "I'm still kind of baffled because you think it would be a little quicker solved," says Washington.

"We need the police to patrol this area more often than what they are doing," says Fisher.

Businesses throughout this small town are also stepping up their store security.

"We're going to change our methods we're going to watch out for each other, and we're going to put a stop this," says Washington.

Tomorrow night at 6:00 PM, business owners will meet at City Hall to talk to city leaders about ways to make Main Street safer and the possibility of starting a business watch.

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