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Burglars target local businesses
Chips, snacks, taken from one; safe stolen at another
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Two burglaries that occurred at local businesses recently are being investigated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities were notified on Monday, Nov. 21 (after the Fennimore Times’ holiday press time) of two burglaries at the New Horizons warehouse and the Fennimore Livestock Exchange in Fennimore Township. Both events occurred by forced entry between Nov. 18 and 21. At the New Horizons warehouse, the west door was pried open and entry was gained. Nothing was reported missing. At the Fennimore Livestock Exchange, there was evidence of pry marks and entry was gained by a broken window. Chips, snacks and candy, including Austin cheddar cheese crackers and Kiwanis Peanut Day peanuts were stolen. The loss reported included $860 in items and damages.

Grant County deputies have been working on the prospect that these burglaries may be related and are checking into the similarities of each of the burglaries.

Anyone with information in regard to these burglaries is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department at 723-2157.

Safe stolen

A safe stolen from a Stitzer business was recovered near Blue River Friday, Nov. 25, Grant County Sheriff’s Department authorities said.

The sheriff’s department was notified late Friday morning that an area resident had found a safe at the end of Haidinger Road in Watterstown Township in rural Blue River. The safe was black, measured 24 inches by 24 inches by 28 inches with metal spoked wheels, and weighed in excess of 200 pounds. It was placed in evidence awaiting the determination of the rightful owner.

A few days later, on Monday, Nov. 28, the sheriff’s department was dispatched to the Liberty Mutual Insurance office in Stitzer where a safe matching the above description had been taken. The office manager reported that the business had been broken into over the weekend.

This incident remains under investigation.