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Burglaries Throughout Valley Linked To Drugs

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A dangerous drug has been linked to a crime spree in rural parts of the Valley. Burglaries on farmsteads and abandoned country side homes have increased recently, and much of the time methamphetamine has been involved.

Detective Jason Hicks with the Clay County Sheriff's Office says, "Pretty much anything you can think of to steal, they steal."

An abandoned home, a lone farmstead, or an easy target.

"Kind of in the same area, rural burglaries. They've been taking pretty much anything you can think of," says Hicks.

More burglaries with high dollar amounts on them are happening in rural Clay County and throughout parts of the Valley. And Hicks says out in the country, there are less eyes, which means they're less likely to get caught.

"You look at how wide open this whole area is. Every mile or so there's a farm, well, you could be in and out of there and no one see you," says Hicks.

Most of these burglaries have also been linked to yet another crime. Drugs; specifically methamphetamine.

Hicks says, "Quite often, they don't have any type or gainful employment, so they have to subsidize their income and the easiest way to do that is to steal from others."

Because of their drug use, Detective Hicks says these burglars could be dangers. That's why he urges people to set up cameras commonly used for hunting that can also be used to catch criminals.

"We've had a few recent cases solved by photographs from game cameras," says Hicks.

And they can make the difference between losing your belongings for a little while... Or forever.

The cameras that Detective Hicks is hoping people will use are great tools that can be used to protect yourself. Hicks also suggest documenting your property. That means keeping receipts, lists of your valuables,and even taking pictures, especially of items that have no bar codes or serial numbers to track. He also recommends setting up extra lighting and having your neighbors keep an eye on your yard when you're away.

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