Wise police seek Kentucky ties to break-ins

Stephen Igo • Jun 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

WISE — The Wise Police Department is investigating possible Kentucky leads involving the break-ins at two businesses, and damage to doors of several others, in the Plaza Road area off U.S. Route 23 on May 11.

Papa John’s Pizza and Nuts Grill were both broken into while the stores were closed. There were also several businesses in the Plaza Road area of Wise, including China Garden, that had doors damaged due to attempts at entry.

The police department’s Facebook site reported on Friday investigators have collected several pieces of physical evidence that will be sent to a state forensics lab in Roanoke, and the investigation “has led us to believe the suspects in this crime are two white males and one white female.”

The individuals were observed operating a late-model, white Ford Mustang convertible with a brown canvas top. The police department said an eyewitness reported the vehicle appeared to possibly have Kentucky registration, and other sources “have led us to believe the vehicle may possibly be from the Prestonsburg, Ky., area.”

The Wise Police Department is asking for further public assistance in obtaining any information on the suspects and/or the owner of the vehicle. A photo believed to be the suspect vehicle gleaned from surveillance tape is posted on the police department’s Facebook page.

All calls will be kept confidential by calling Wise Police Chief Tony Bates, Officer Zac Clifton or Investigator Jason Taylor at (276) 328-9046.

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