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Police think Mingo Junction break-ins are related

Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 06:56 PM EST

News9.com

 

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio – Police are investigating two break-ins that occurred early Tuesday morning in Mingo Junction.

Businesses in the village have been experiencing quite a few break-ins recently, and police think there’s a possible connection.

The first break-in happened sometime around 3 a.m. at the Hillsboro Tavern. And another business, Pesta’s Market on Standard, Avenue has been targeted several times, including this morning.

“Most of our businesses have been hit several times,” Mingo Junction Chief of Police Stephen Maguschak said. “Since 2010, we (haven’t) had the same police department we once did and the economy hasn’t improved any since 2010. We’ve had an increase in crime ... We just try to work though it with what we have right now.”

Police say entry at Pesta’s was made through a back window. Cash and a laptop were taken. During the last break-in there, the suspect broke through the same window.

“Most of these businesses have been broken into, the people are aware of the camera systems,” Maguschak said. “When they make entry, they have masks on, winter clothes, gloves. So we collect what evidence we can, and the investigation continues on and hopefully we’ll get a suspect here. In a lot of these we believe are the same persons.”

Maguschak strongly recommends businesses have a good alarm system that will alert the police department promptly. And he believes the break-ins have been happening with more frequency for many reasons.

“We’ve got 11 percent unemployment in Jefferson County,” he said. “We got a heroin problem. There’s a lot of people out there without work right now. Some of them have drug issues. People are trying anything they can to get some money.”

Both of Tuesday morning’s break-ins remain under investigation.

 

Police think Mingo Junction break-ins are related


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