||Burglary cases growing in Northeast Mississippi
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) — It's a difficult way to start the day for Save-A-Lot Manager Carolyn Orr.
"Very unexpected," said Orr.
She was one of the last to leave the store before someone broke in through a wall.
"It was dark when we left out of here and it just made me think reckon somebody was watching the store, you know. You don't ever know," added Orr.
It is possible someone was watching and waiting for the moment to get to the store safe. Money was taken. Police say a surveillance camera captured the burglar in action.
"We got footprints and we've got quite a bit, so we've got some pretty good leads right now," said Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles.
Hours before the discovery of that burglary, there was another at Fred's in Houston.
"I wish they would get caught because this is not the first Fred's," said Fred's Assistant Store Manager Hope Crawford.
She's right. The first Fred's burglary was Tuesday in Pontotoc. The perpetrator bashed through cinder blocks to gain access to the pharmacy.
That burglary occurred within hours of a burglary at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in New Albany.
Chief Voyles says all the burglaries have one similarity, which is access through walls.
"Had a hole in the back of the building like the ones in Pontotoc and other areas had, so I think we're going to be connected," added Chief Voyles.
That connection has residents of this small town concerned that there will be more burglaries.
"It's very shocking. It's very shocking. It's something that shouldn't be happening really," said Houston resident Judy Coleman.
"You know it's strange that you have that many break-ins in so many different places. It makes you concerned," said former Houston resident Laverne Collins.
It's that concern that has law enforcement teaming up and comparing notes.
Pontotoc Police Chief Randy Tutor says they are also trying to determine if late 2014 burglaries in Ripley and Bruce may also be connected to recent burglaries.