A rash of break-ins at locally owned businesses in Rockingham County has owners fed up. Several businesses owners say their store has been broken into overnight within the past two weeks.
Now one owner says if these suspects aren't caught soon, someone could get hurt. The owner of Harper's Market, Connie Harper, says these suspects are getting bolder, because they are breaking into businesses where the owners live right next door.
The owner at K & J's Market says her business was broken into a week ago and $2,500 was stolen. At A & E Automotive, the owner says two cars, $3,000 worth of tools and other items were stolen nearly two weeks ago. And Harper says, after her safe and file cabinets were broken into, she is getting frustrated.
"Basically they investigate for ten days, and then if they have not found a suspect, or whatever, it goes into a cold case file, and then if some new lead turns up, then they'll investigate that," says Harper. "But that's all we've ever heard."
Several other businesses have also been targeted, but the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office couldn't provide information because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.