CRIME ALERT UPDATE: Brazen Burglar Wanted in String of Break-Ins

By: Brooks Jarosz, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 3/27/13 @ 7:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several offices and business were broken into overnight by a brazen burglar, and police are trying to lock down a suspect.

Police say five business were busted into late Tuesday or early Wednesday in the 1600 block of 4th Avenue on Charleston's West Side. They say more than a half dozen were broken into in the last two weeks.

This time a granite business and the Domestic Violence Counseling Center were among the victims.

"I was very alarmed by it," Elizabeth Crawford with the center said. "We put so much into trying to create a nice environment for the clients and then something like this happens -- it's very disturbing."

The burglars ransacked the offices, stole computers, other electronics and cash, according to the business owners.

Officers say the same man broke into Ed's RC shop in the Patrick Street Plaza last week -- hopping the counter and making off with the cash drawer.

Police say it's important for residents to be extra alert in their neighborhoods and to let officers know if they see something suspicious.

For locksmith Jeff Coleman, business is booming as he has been responding to the rash of broken and busted locks.

"In the last two weeks I've seen it three times and it's all concentrated right here around 4th Avenue area and Patrick Street," Coleman said. "Police presence would do a lot more."

Police say they're stepping up patrols near Patrick Street and 4th Avenue but want you to be on the lookout for the suspect.

Many of the business owners say they're adding additional security measures to combat the problem.

Police remind you to lock your doors, keep lights on at night and report anything you think is suspicious.

If you know anything about the suspect or the burglaries, call Charleston Police at (304) 348-6400.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are investigating several break-ins.

Police say someone broke into several offices and businesses in the 16-hundred block of 4th Avenue Tuesday night. One of those offices belong to the Domestic Violence Counseling Center.

Director Elizabeth Crawford says the intruder ransacked the office.

Crawford says several computers were also stolen.

A granite counter top store was also targeted.

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