<HR><CENTER><B>Sheriff's Department investigates<br> string of burglaries, break-ins</B></CENTER>
Thu, 08/24/2000 - 2:00pm admin
is encouraged to call Sheriff's Department at 283-5000
By Lori Ehde
August has been a busy month for the Rock County Sheriff’s Department as deputies are working on a string of burglaries, break-ins and vandalism.
Aug. 1 dawned with a report by Rock Veterinary Clinic of a burglary in which someone broke into the clinic through a lobby window and stole any cash that could be found inside.
Cash was taken from a candy box and from a floor safe that was taken outside and pried open. The safe was later found on the property.
According to clinic employee Dan Breuer, the cash loss was modest (about $450) considering the value of other items not stolen from the veterinary office.
"It definitely could have been worse, considering a vet’s office has bottles of medicine worth about $200 bottles a crack," Breuer said.
"It’s kind of interesting – we had keys in a vehicle in the garage, and they left that alone, and other than the window and the safe, they didn’t break anything or throw papers around."
Breuer said the clinic hasn’t been notified of any leads on suspects in the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Department did make progress last week, however, on a burglary at Hills Locker Service that was reported Aug. 2.
According to locker owner Tedd Larson, deputies have recovered a $425 digital scale that was stolen sometime between the business’ closing on Aug. 1 and opening on Aug. 2. In addition to the scale, between $150 and $175 was also stolen.
Larson said the scale was found Friday in a car belonging to someone from Luverne. When asked why someone would steal a scale, he speculated that such a scale could be used to measure illegal controlled substances in a private methamphetamine lab. He also added that the Hobart scale salesman had noted other reports of similar scales being stolen recently.
Larson said he was just happy to have the scale returned, and other than scratched off serial numbers, he said the equipment is not damaged.
Rock County Sheriff’s Department investigators aren’t commenting on any of the cases or the likelihood that they’re related, but given the numbers of reported thefts and vandalism this month, deputies have their work cut out for them.
Anyone with information on any of these cases is encouraged to call the Rock County Sheriff’s Department at 283-5000.