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Leads surface in Halifax burglaries, break-ins

SoVaNow.com / November 19, 2012
During the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 15, a rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries took place in downtown Halifax.

According to the Halifax Police Department, its initial investigation pointed to burglaries at The Pack House and at the law offices of John Greenbacker, George Bagwell, W. Bryant Claiborne and David Guthrie.

A break-in was attempted, but was unsuccessful, at K&D Floor Covering.

Another break-in was discovered on Saturday at the law office of Fred Black, but that is believed to have occurred during the early morning hours Thursday along with the other incidents.

Acting Police Chief David Irby of the Halifax Police Department said while it seemed that files were rifled through at Black’s law office, nothing was reported missing. However the frame of the front door, where entry was made, took $150 in damages.

Taken from The Pack House was some $450 in cash as well as a wireless internet card. Approximately $850 in cash and a handgun valued at $400 were taken from the law office of George Bagwell. Two laptop computers, valued at $1,000 each, were taken from Greenbacker’s law office. Nothing was reported missing from Claiborne’s or Guthrie’s offices.

The culprit or culprits gained access at most of the buildings either by jimmying the locks or kicking in the rear door, Irby said. Irby was scheduled to be on duty on Thursday evening but called in sick, and the Sheriff’s Department agreed to watch over the town.

“But they of course do not have the manpower to go up and down the street, checking doors and entrances,” said Irby.

Irby said the Halifax Police Department and Sheriff’s personnel are still gathering evidence and have some leads and evidence from the break-ins.

Anyone with any information regarding these crimes is asked to call the Town of Halifax Police Department at 476-2526 or the Halifax County Crime Line at 476-8445. A reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.



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