Break-ins hit 5 businesses

By Belinda M. Paschal -

PIQUA — Five local businesses were targeted during a rash of break-ins between Friday night and early Saturday, according to reports from the Piqua Police Department.

Lt. William Thomas of the Piqua Police Department said the break-ins occurred between approximately 10 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday. The extent of the crimes is still being investigated, but appear to range from just breaking and entering in some cases to theft in others, he said.

The victimized businesses were Genell’s Flowers, NY Nail and Parker’s Sport Shop, all located in the 300 block of East Ash Street in downtown Piqua, and Curves and Stillwater Valley Catering, both located at 100 N. Sunset Drive in the Piqua MarketPlace.

During a period of less than two months in late 2013 and early 2014, about a dozen Piqua businesses were burglarized, with five incidents occurring in a single weekend, but the recent spate is the first “in a while,” Thomas said.

“Business-wise, it’s been a while since we’ve had break-ins like this. We get a random one every now and then, but we haven’t had a rash in a long time where we have several in one night,” he said.

Thomas said the police are still collecting evidence that might lead to a suspect, including reviewing surveillance from some of the businesses.

By Belinda M. Paschal

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.