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Break-ins a sign for increased policing in Town of Halifax?

Business owners in the Town of Halifax were still dealing with the aftermath of the Wednesday night burglaries Friday morning and looking for ways to prevent similar occurrences.

Sometime late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning a thief or thieves burglarized The Packhouse and the law offices of John Greenbacker, George Bagwell, W. Bryant Claiborne and David Guthrie.  A break-in at K&D Floor Covering was unsuccessful.

Entry was gained at most locations through either jimmying or kicking the rear door in, Acting Police Chief David Irby said.

Halifax Police Department and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office personnel spent Thursday gathering evidence and information regarding items reported missing or damaged.

On Friday the sheriff’s office sent several investigators and officers to assist with the investigation.

Businesses impacted by the break-ins said they feel violated.

Betsye Throckmorton, owner of the The Packhouse, said Friday morning she would be installing a security system.

“I know there’s been a big discussion about the (number of police) officers needed. I don’t think you can have too many, and right now they are limited. If there was a presence of just one in town, I think it would help cut down on these things happening,” said Throckmorton.

According to The Packhouse owner, something like this has never happened before.

She spent the entire day Thursday trying to get things “back to normal.”

The thief or thieves took between $400-500 and a Verizon wireless Internet card priced new at $270. 

The costs of repairing the door plus the stolen items were all expenses Throckmorton was not expecting, especially at this time of the year.

“I can’t describe the way I feel. I just feel that everything is violated…things just aren’t the way they used to be,” she added.

George Bagwell of The Law Offices of Bagwell said nearly $400 and a pistol was taken from his office.

“I think it would help if there was an officer at night. There’s really no need for patrol during the day,” said Bagwell.

He said he believed the thief or thieves made away with $1,500 or less from the five burglaries and one attempted burglary.

“You’d think they could have gotten a job and made that money,” said Bagwell.

Irby informed business owners The Town of Halifax Police Department will do its best to find the individual or individuals responsible and will do everything it can to find and return the stolen items.

 “I believe if the Town of Halifax was fully staffed, the police department could deter this type of act. If we were fully staffed and fully funded, I don’t expect this would be a common problem,” said Irby.

Currently, the Halifax Police Department is following several leads, and evidence collected has been sent off for evaluation.

Meanwhile, Halifax Town Council has set a meeting for Monday afternoon to interview a candidate for police chief.

The town has been without a police chief since the start of the year when former Chief David Martin resigned to take a job with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

Irby is serving as acting police chief while council searches for a new police chief.