Outdoor Connections reports $300 stolen; security increased

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At least $300 was stolen from Outdoor Connections in Craig, marking the store's second burglary this year, owner Nicholas Kamzalow said.

Kamzalow said the money was taken from the store between Saturday evening and Monday morning.

"It's like I'm coming down here and working for nothing," Kamzalow said Monday.

He said that he would be installing more security, such as deadbolts and cameras at his sporting goods business on Victory Way.

About $2,500 worth of goods including archery and optical equipment was taken from the store in January.

Kamzalow said there seemed to be similarities in the break-ins.

Lt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department said a padlock on the back door of the building had been pried open.

He said police don't have a suspect or suspects in the case.

Forgay said police usually check out people who've had problems with a store or question ex-employees when seeking suspects.

He said it might be worth it for businesses to beef up security with lighting, security cameras and motion detectors to avoid burglaries.

Forgay said one downtown Craig business stopped experiencing break-ins when a motion detector was installed.

That's advice Kamzalow said he'd act on.

"It's not ever going to keep everybody from breaking in, but it may make it a little harder," he said.

By far, the most common stolen goods reports are coming from car burglaries, Forgay said.

The majority of those are reported on unlocked cars.

"As a community, we're past the point where we can leave our cars unlocked," he said. "People are looking for anything to sell or trade."

Amy Hamilton can be reached at 824-7031.

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