UPDATE: Ironton Police Make Arrest in Smash & Grab Burglaries

UPDATE 8/13/2013 11 a.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Police in Ironton have made two arrests in connection to some smash-and-grab burglaries.

Police have charged Joseph Barker, of Coal Grove, with theft and misuse of a credit cards.

Detectives have identified him as the person who was seen on video breaking into a car in the parking lot at the Ironton Moose Lodge back in July.

Michael Fritz is also facing charges in connection with the crimes. He is charged with receiving stolen property and misuse of credit cards.

Between May and July, 25 smash-and-grab style burglaries were reported in Ironton. They happened in the parking lot of the Ironton Moose Lodge, the Ironton Knights of Columbus and Buffalo Wild Wings.

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ORIGINAL STORY
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Smash-and-grab burglaries have police on high alert in the city of Ironton.

Since May there have been reports of 20 to 25 windows being broken out of vehicles so thieves can get their hands on valuables -- especially purses.

During the weekend there were several break-ins.

Three cars were broken into at the Ironton Moose Lodge Club parking lot.

Meanwhile on Saturday, cars were broken into at the Knights of Columbus parking lot.

Prior to that there have been reports at the Buffalo Wild Wings.

Police are looking at surveillance video to see if anyone can identify the man they believe is responsible in the Moose Lodge smash and grabs.

Ironton Police Capt. Detective Joe Ross is urging people to not leave their purses inside cars. Even if the doors are locked they are not safe.

Ross says the person responsible is watching what folks are doing when they get out of their cars.

"If you don't get out of the vehicle without your purse, he is going to check in your car," Ross explained. "Some of the parking lots he's been getting in has been crowded, people around him isn't deterring him at all."

The thieves are breaking the windows out of the vehicles with a tool that makes little to no noise.

If you recognize the person in the surveillance video, you are asked to call Ironton Police.

You can remain anonymous.

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