Piqua police investigating rash of break-ins

PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) — Shards of glass sit just outside Stillwater Valley Catering.

The past week has been nothing short of frustrating.

It was late Friday night when the owners of the catering business and nearby Curves found out their businesses had been broken into.

“I was here until 3:30 in the morning with the owners of Curves,” said Robert Besecker, owner of Stillwater Valley Catering. “Both of us were working with each other to get our doors boarded up because neither one of us right now can afford to replace glass for the second time in a week.”

Just a few days earlier, Besecker had paid $500 dollars to replace another glass door. Someone had broken inside and destroyed the cash register which was empty.

Over the weekend, however, Piqua police said there were four more break-ins across the city.

On Ash Street, N.Y. Nails and Genell’s Flowers shows signs of damage.

The owner of Parker Sport Shop said nothing was stolen but there was a trail of blood after someone broke through a window. Police were able to acquire surveillance video from the store.

Piqua police are warning businesses to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

Those who were targeted are just trying to find a way to pay for repairs.

“February and July are the two slowest months,” said Besecker. “When you get hit like this right in a row, we just got to wait until the cash flow comes back in. Right now, we’re just hoping they stay away.”

Piqua police are asking anyone who has information to give them a call.

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