Nine businesses hit by burglars

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— Nine Craig businesses were robbed early Friday morning in a rash of burglaries in two buildings on Fourth Street.

Each building broken into holds several businesses and all were tampered with, causing more than $2,000 in damage. Business owners speculate the robbers were interested only in money because nothing else was stolen. Thieves made off with $455 in cash.

Fredrickson Contracting, Tucci Wood Work, Black Mountain Glass, Computer Support Center, The Hair-Tage, D.C. Enterprises, Donna's Accounting Service, The Copy Shop and The Mountain States Company were all broken into. Robbers used a crowbar to pry open the back doors of all the businesses.

The Copy Shop was one of the businesses where robbers got cash. Owner Rebecca McKinny said she left the key in the cash register so it would not be damaged in case of a robbery. It was McKinny's cash register that gave a clue about the time the robberies occurred. The register automatically logs the time it was opened. She said the thefts occurred between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday. According to McKinny, the robbers also left fresh footprints behind the businesses.

McKinny said she learned her lesson. She will never leave cash in the building again.

"Once is enough," she said. "Maybe this will make people aware so they keep an eye out for suspicious people."

Nothing was missing from the Computer Support Center, located within The Copy Shop.

Mike Tucci, owner of Tucci Wood Work said nothing was missing from his business.

"They didn't take a thing," he said. "They were looking for money, broke in and saw there was no money and left. They didn't even mess things up."

Tucci said he never keeps money in his store overnight.

Other businesses reported desks were rifled through and papers messed up, but that nothing was taken and no damage was done except to the doors.

Lt. John Forgay with the Craig Police Department was unavailable for comment.

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