Businesses in Danville and Pittsylvania County See Break-Ins
Danville, VA - Businesses throughout Danville and Pittsylvania County are on edge about a recent string of break-ins.
Danville's John Deere store, James River Equipment, was broken into and lost more than $1,000 in equipment recently.
Monday night another store faced a similar theft.Danville Police say the break-ins are likely connected because they are all so similar. It has happened six times since November, racking up thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise.
Typically, empty shelves indicate a good thing for business. But for Southern States in Chatham, the vacant spaces translate to dollars lost."It's very frustrating. You work hard and try to have a good business, take care of customers and then somebody violates your business," said Bill Nuckols, Manager of Southern States.
Nuckols received a call in the middle of the night about a break-in.
"A lot of times you have false alarms so that's what I was hoping. But it wasn't false this time," said Nuckols.
Within minutes, thieves broke the glass door and took their four most expensive chain saws racking up more than $3,000 in costs.
"It's certainly a loss. It effects the bottom line at the end of the year," said Nuckols.
Just the night before, similar chain saws, along with a leaf blower, were stolen from Danville's James River Equipment.
"This is the second time it's happened to us now, it's happened to other businesses in the area and we're ready to get them caught and put them in jail," said Van Gibson, Employee of James River Equipment.
According to Danville Police, since November similar break-ins have happened four times in the city and twice in Pittsylvania County.
"There are some very specific items that they are taking. Clearly they are aware of the value these items have," said Cpt. Dennis Haley, Danville Police Department.
Many times, the crimes have been caught on camera. Sunday night, you can see a white car pull up to the store then see two men wearing masks break in and leave within minutes. Another common thread between them, the store managers all just want them behind bars.
"I want to see them caught and brought to justice," said Nuckols.
Many of the stores have considered amping up their security after these incidents.
James River Equipment is even offering a $1,000 dollar reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. If you know anything call Crimestoppers at (434)793-0000.