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Police step up patrols to combat break-ins

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Three businesses report burglaries to Hodgenville police

By Linda Ireland

Local law enforcement has been faced with a string of break-ins and burglaries that “really don’t make a lot of sense.”

That’s how Hodgenville Police Chief John Cottrill summed up the latest break-ins at Bent N Dent in Smith’s Plaza, Paula’s Hot Biscuit on West Water Street and Royal Pizza on Lincoln Boulevard.

The thieves took the cash register from each business. At Royal Pizza, they also took a clock from the wall; at Paula’s, they took a window air conditioner.

In most locations, a small amount of cash has been taken.

There have been numerous “false alarms” around the city, according to Lt. Steve Johnson. He believes the perpetrators are testing response times of police or the effectiveness of the building’s security.

City police have increased patrols, Johnson said.

There was a similar break-in at LaRue County Intermediate School last week, Cottrill said. The perpetrators climbed on the roof of the gym and left behind a five-gallon bucket of beer bottles. They entered the equipment room but it’s not clear if anything was taken.

Businesses in the county have been struck as well.

Stop N Shop on Lincoln Farm Road and Roanoke Food Mart on Dan Dunn Road reported attempted break-ins.

The office at Sportsman’s Lake reported cash taken during a break-in.

The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office is investigating burglaries in the county.

Officers continue to investigate break-ins at several churches that occurred in July and August.