Petersburg businesses burglarized during power outage

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The thieves hit more than half a dozen businesses in Old Towne Petersburg. Police say the crimes appear to be connected and carried out by more than one person.

At Longstreet's Deli the owner is having a hard time stomaching what happened here. Thieves burglarized his business. They took a 52 inch flat screen TV right off the wall, and that's not all.

"They took all the money from the register, then went upstairs to the office and took our change fund," said Chris Takacs, Longstreet's Deli.

More than three thousand dollars in merchandise and cash - gone.

"It sucks. Its Christmas time and it's not something you can account for," said Takacs.

Six other businesses near the deli, including a retail store and pizza shop were also hit. The thieves pried open the side door at the Dixie Diner to get in.

"When I came into work it, looked somebody kicked it in," said Ernest Miles, Dixie Dinner.

Miles says the crime will hurt his wallet and the pockets of his co-workers.

"If anybody was going to get a bonus or Christmas raise that all just went out the door with whoever robbed us" he said.

Police say the crimes happened between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning shortly around the time a transformer blew, knocking out power in the area.

The power outage was caused by a storm. At this point it's unclear exactly how many people participated in the crimes, but police say it's likely to be at least two individuals.

"They were good. Unfortunately for us and several other people, they were really good and I hope they catch them because nobody can afford to lose money," said Miles.

If you have any information on this rash of burglaries you're asked to call Crime Solvers at 861-1212. 

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