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Police warn businesses of recent break-ins

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 11:38 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 11:40 a.m. CDT

The Creston Chamber of Commerce and Creston Police Department are warning area businesses to take extra precautions because of recent burglaries to several commercial buildings in Union County.

According to Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer, the Montgomery Street Pub, Cenex Harvest States (CHS), She-Nae’s, and J and J Plumbing and Heating have reported property damage and stolen money recently.

The property damage included broken windows and doors to gain access to the building. The burglaries are occurring in the early morning hours.

If a business or individual suspects a break-in, Ver Meer said to call the police immediately. He added it is best to not touch or move anything.

“When an officer gets there, we will document the scene,” Ver Meer said.

Ellen Gerharz, executive director at the Creston Chamber of Commerce, said it is best if businesses do not leave valuables or large sums of money inside the business over night.

“Make sure you have good locks on your doors,” Ver Meer said. “And if you have an alarm system, make sure it is working properly.”

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