FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) - A recent rash of burglaries has Fairhope Police asking residents to be wary. Vehicles have been burglarized and stolen, and several businesses have been hit as well.
FAIRHOPE THRIFT SHOP BROKEN INTO
Sally Deane at Emmy's Thrift Shop showed us the window thieves broke out in order to break into the business. The cost of replacing the window far exceeds what the burglars took.
"They busted this out and I had a glass company that came and fixed it the same day, so we're back up and running," Deane said.
Deane said the shop, which raises money for charitable work, is here to help people in need, but the thieves didn't seem to care.
"We have a little donation jar we put by the cash register and they took that as well. It just had twenty, thirty bucks in it, if that much," Deane told us.
FAIRHOPE HARDWARE ALSO VICTIMIZED
Downtown, Brad Baldwin at Fairhope Hardware was another victim of burglars. They tossed a brick through the door for about $20 in change. Baldwin hopes someone saw something.
"If you see anything suspicious, report it. If you see someone walking around with bricks in their hands, report it," Baldwin said.
LOCK ‘EM OUT!
Ten vehicles were broken into in these areas: Clubhouse Road in Rock Creek, 400 block of Church St., 600 block of Morphy, 300 block of School Street, 100 block of Orange Ave, 200 block of Magnolia, Cedar Avenue, Belle Chase Court, Crystal Wells Court South and West Chase Court South.
The frustrating part, according to police, is that none of the vehicles were locked and two guns were stolen.
Because of that, Fairhope police are asking folks to "Lock ‘em out." Posted on the Fairhope PD Facebook page, it's a campaign designed to get folks to do the simplest thing they can do to avoid being burglarized, use their locks.
Frank Wickline lives in Rock Creek. He told us, "If I saw something suspicious or out of the ordinary, I would certainly investigate."
Wickline wasn't a victim this time, but he has been in the past and says losing the property isn't the worst part.
"It damages your security and peace of mind as well," Wickline said.
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A car with keys inside and a motorcycle with keys in the ignition were also stolen in the last few days.
If you know anything about these burglaries, or you just saw something suspicious, call Fairhope Police.
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