ROGERSVILLE — A rash of business burglaries in Rogersville that began earlier this month had appeared to have tapered off until Wednesday morning, when three more incidents were reported.
Rogersville Police Department Detective Charlie Gibson said Headhunters Beauty Salon on Main Street was burglarized and a small amount of cash take overnight Tuesday.
There were also two other attempted business burglaries reported to Rogersville police Wednesday morning that apparently occurred overnight Tuesday, including at Colliers Cleaners and the new Country Place shop at the intersection of Main Street and Hasson Street.
That brings the total number of open business burglary cases under investigation by the RPD to nine since Aug. 14, as well as one residential outbuilding burglary.
It’s hard to say at this time if the same person or people are responsible for all of these crimes, but Gibson said the plan for each burglary has been the same.
“Basically they're all making forced entry through a door and grabbing whatever loose cash or change they can find,” Gibson said. “They’re working at night, getting in, and taking cash or any small items they can get their hands on that might be of value.”
Among the other recent Rogersville burglaries still under investigation include:
• Reported Aug. 14: A Hawkins Today newspaper box on Main Street in which a lock was cut and $20 in change taken.
• Reported Aug. 16: Dr. John Slaughter’s veterinarian office, 650 W. Broadway St., in which $220 was stolen.
• Reported Aug. 16: Jamie’s Barber Shop, 900 E. Main St., in which $100 in cash and knives valued at $150 were taken. Damage to the door was valued at $50.
• Reported Aug. 16: An outbuilding belonging to Eldridge Gilliam on John Street, in which $25 in damage to the door was reported.
• Reported Aug. 19: Cash For Gold, 4021 Route 66-S, Suite A, in which $10 in change and $400 in jewelry were taken, as well as $300 in damage to the door and facing.
• Reported Aug. 19: Hair Focus, 4021 Route 66-S, Suite B, in which $120 in cash and change were taken, as well as a Nikon camera valued at $150.
• Reported Aug. 22: Miss Bea’s restaurant, 109 S. Church St., from which $375 was taken.
All of these burglaries are happening at night. Gibson asks people who travel during late hours to be observant and report any suspicious activity. He also suggested that businesses invest in a good video surveillance system.
Gibson added, “Make sure your businesses is dead bolted and locked, and don’t leave any cash in the business after you close up.”
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the RPD at (423) 272-7555.