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Burglary hits The Gym; attempt at church

“It’s a similar methodology,” but no direct correlation between incidents

— Two more burglaries hit the community last week, continuing a series of break-in incidents across Grangeville that – apart from one arrest — remain under investigation.

At the east entrance to town, The Gym, 1005 State Highway 13, reported a burglary last Monday, Feb. 29, that netted $425 – mostly in cash, and also a few sets of headphones/ear buds. According to Rick Thanstrom, Grangeville Police Department, the owner, Lance McCullough discovered the burglary at 3 a.m.; the incident was believed to have happened sometime after the business was closed at 5 p.m. the day prior.

No signs of forced entry were found. Police speculate the suspect or suspects accessed The Gym through a shared door from one of the building’s adjacent tenants.

An unsuccessful burglary attempt was reported at Calvary Chapel, 517 West North Street, on Sunday, Feb. 28, 11:55 a.m. An estimated $300 damage was suffered by an attempt to pry open the building’s door. No entry was made. The incident is believed to have occurred between Feb. 23-28.

“It’s a similar methodology,” Thanstrom said, in the chapel attempt to incidents at King’s Variety Store on Feb. 5 and Blown Away Salon on Feb. 1; however, forced entry methods are fairly common and so there is no direct correlation at this time between any of these incidents, he continued.

Investigation is ongoing into these as well as other recent incidents going back to Jan. 24 including an attempted break-in at the United Methodist Church and burglaries at both Oscar’s Restaurant and Adkison Storage on Whitetail Drive. In one incident, the Feb. 3 burglary at Gortsema’s Storage on the truck route, a suspect has been arrested and charged.

“If you see anything suspicious, call us immediately,” Thanstrom said, as an officer is always on duty.

GPD advises precautionary efforts: make sure doors are locked and surveillance cameras are on and functional, and don’t store unsecured cash on-site. Lighting at exterior entrances and at strategic sections inside businesses discourage crime. Lastly, minimize disturbing or touching the scene of the crime until it can be processed for evidence by police.

GPD can be reached at 983-1351.


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