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Police look into break-ins

PROCTORVILLE — The Proctorville Police Department is looking into a number of vehicle break-ins that occurred in the village during the week of the Lawrence County Fair.

Police chief Bill Murphy said that 10 cars were broken into on July 13 on the back streets of the village. In all cases, the victims reported only change was taken.

“All of these vehicles were unlocked,” Murphy said, noting that no windows were broken out in any of the incidents.

He encouraged residents to lock their cars after parking.

Murphy said he inquired at the Proctorville Kroger to see if anyone had come in with a large collection of change to cash in. He said that store management provided him with footage of a group of males who had done so that morning.

After noticing the individuals in the footage were carrying convenience store drinks, Murphy asked local store managers if anyone had been in to match their description. He said one convenience store reported the group had come in and purchased items with “nothing but change.”

Police have posted stills of the individuals on the department’s Facebook page and are asking anyone with information on the case to contact them at 740-886-6366.

In other incidents:

• A theft was reported at a home at 106 Front St., at some point between July 1 and July 5. Five guitars, valued for at least $8,500 were reported taken, Murphy said.

• A boat was reported stolen on July 8 from the Proctorville Campground, located behind Kroger. Murphy said the vehicle was recovered, though burnt, two days later on County Road 275. Items taken include $9,000 from the boat, a trailer, lifejackets, skis and tow ropes.