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Rash of burglaries in Norfolk/Battle Creek have police puzzled


Northeast Nebraska authorities are asking for the public's help in getting to the bottom of a bunch of business burglaries in Norfolk, and the surrounding area.

Police believe they may all be linked to the same person or group of people. 

Prior to Friday, most of the burglaries had occurred in Norfolk.  Early Friday morning burglars struck in nearby Battle Creek. 

Madison County Sheriff's officials say someone broke into Red Bud True Value on main street in Battle Creek and stole several hand tools and cash. 

While the tools were found in the alleyway behind the store, the cash was not found. 

Then, around 4:30am, a clerk was coming to work at Tilly's convenience store when they noticed someone inside the store trying to break open an ATM.  After being discovered, the person fled the store. 

In addition to the two burglaries, authorities also reported the theft of a pickup from Battle Creek last night.

Officials say a 1992 brown Ford F150 pick was stolen with the license plate number 78935.  

Sheriff's officials say no one has been arrested in connection with the Battle Creek burglaries or the stolen pickup.

In addition to the reports from Battle Creek, Norfolk police say three businesses were broken into early Thursday morning. 

            Officers say the Fast Mart convenience store on the city's south side reported change taken from a safe in their back room. 

            The subjects also tried to break open the ATM without success.  

            Also, the Norfolk Knights of Columbus hall reported someone had broken in and stole their safe containing checks and cash. 

            The safe was found later outside the building. 

            And the Firestone Tire Center on Norfolk avenue reported that someone broke into their storage unit where sixteen extra tires were set outside. 

            It's unknown if any tires were stolen. 

            The most recent burglaries add to the list of business break-ins that have occurred over the past month.  

            Authorities believe all of these burglaries may be connected with the same person or group of people. 

            If anyone has any information, you're asked to contact Norfolk Police or Norfolk Area Crimestoppers. 

            A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered to anyone who may have information.

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