Burglars strike in, around county

Burglars have been busy in the county in recent weeks.

Sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, burglars kicked in the door at Miller Sanitation in downtown Clinton.

Owner Jim Miller said the door was metal and sturdy. He said the place was ransacked and the handle of the safe was broken, but it was not taken.

All he lost was a box containing some money kept to make change for customers, he said. A few days after the burglary, he had a security company at the office to install a security system.

A few days before burglars broke in to Miller’s business, Eric Ellis’ rented home on Holley Mountain was struck by thieves.

Ellis said items taken in the burglary at his home included a 200-year-old mahogany bedroom suite with marble-top dressers and antique mirrors. Also missing where signs decorating his recreation room. The signs, Ellis said, were hung on the walls with 3" screws. Removing them would not have been done quickly, he said.

Ellis believes more than one person was involved in the burglary because of the weight of the furniture that was stolen.

The furniture was handed down to Ellis from his grandmother and he wants it back.

"These items have a great deal of sentimental value to me and my family," Ellis said.

The Van Buren County sheriff’s office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary at Ellis’ home and Ellis is chipping in another $250 to that amount.

Sheriff Scott Bradley said Monday that there have been some other burglaries in the county, including the Chuckwagon Restaurant in Bee Branch and some residences, also in Bee Branch. He said nothing was taken at some of the break-ins at homes.

Clinton Police Investigator Jim Thomas said some storage facilities in the city also have been targeted.

Anyone with information about these or other burglaries is asked to call Clinton Police at 745-4997 or the sheriff’s office at 745-3838.