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Burglary methods in Pennsylvania resemble those in Bowling Green

Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:13 am

Bowling Green Police Chief Steve Hoskins told Town Councilors that burglary suspects arrested recently in Pennsylvania were using methods that closely resembled those used in Bowling Green in April.

Hoskins addressed the Bowling Green Town Council during its Dec. 5 regular meeting.

Three adjacent businesses–the Pizza Hut, John’s Place restaurant and Shell gasoline station and convenience store–were targeted early on April 8 in Bowling Green. The businesses are located on East Broaddus Avenue.

“Arrests have been made in Pennsylvania,” Hoskins told councilors. The burglary suspects “used the same exact mode of operation,” he noted. However, a representative of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) “didn’t know if we would have enough to tie them to make an arrest” in connection with the Bowling Green burglaries.

The thief or thieves stole cash and property. The combined loss to the business, including damages, was estimated at $37,000, including cash from an ATM. The burglaries apparently occurred between 1 and 3 a.m.

Caroline County officials have said the burglary of the three businesses was the work of professionals who knew how to quickly get in and get out of a business. Thieves made surveillance cameras inoperable and cut burglar alarm wires.

Anyone with any information related to the burglaries is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at (804) 633-1133.

According to Virginia State Police statistics, Bowling Green was listed as having the lowest crime rate in Central Virginia earlier this year.

Hoskins also reported that for November, town police officers gave 14 warnings for speeding, and 11 summonses for speeding. CCSO deputies gave three warnings and five summons.

In other business, Town Manager Stephen Manster reported to the council that special state license plates would be available for $25. Eventually $15 from each “animal friendly” plate could go to the Caroline County Humane Society if approved by the Town Council. Councilor Mary Coleman made a motion to approve of the measure, and it passed.

According to the treasurer’s report for November, the Ladies Night Out event on Nov. 21 at the Bowling Green Event Hall generated $1,219 in ticket and raffle sales and $945 in vendor fees. The total of revenue was $2,164, compared to last year’s event revenue of $2,063 in ticket and raffle sales and $1,420.00 in vendor fees. This year’s event was at the Event Hall and did not include the second location at Bowling Green Baptist Church, as was the case in 2012.