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Investigation continues into series of burglaries in Grangeville area



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Idaho County Sheriff's Office

Barry Kretschmer

— GRANGEVILLE — With one arrest under their belts, area law enforcement continue investigation into a recent series of Grangeville-area burglaries.

Last Wednesday, Feb. 3, Barry R. Kretschmer, 33, of Grangeville, was arrested by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) for burglarizing Gortsema’s Storage on the Truck Route early that morning. Charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft, Kretschmer is set for a Feb. 17 preliminary hearing.

Meanwhile, ICSO is investigating a Feb. 7 burglary report of a unit at Adkison Storage on Whitetail Drive. Details were unavailable as of press time; however, a connection between the two incidents is being checked.

Within the city, King’s Variety Store reported an attempted entry last Friday morning, Feb. 5, which was believed to have occurred between closing and opening on Feb. 4-5. Unsuccessful attempts were made to force open both a front and rear door.

Investigation is under way on this, as well as several prior burglaries that have occurred along Main Street in Grangeville between Jan. 24 and Feb. 1 at Blown Away Salon, United Methodist Church and Oscar’s Restaurant. Contact GPD, 983-1351, with information related to these incidents.

In the wake of these incidents, GPD advises businesses to secure their facilities, not store cash on-site, have access points well-lit and install security cameras. The public is encouraged to report suspicious persons, especially after hours.


GPD Ordinance Officer Rick Thanstrom can provide businesses an on-site evaluation to better secure their facilities. Contact him at 507-0337.



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