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IPods stolen in similar burglaries

Police are investigating two burglaries at Grass Valley electronics stores that appear to be related, Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks said Monday.

“The burglaries were very similar,” Marks said. “There’s got to be a relationship here.”

At least one person broke into the Radio Shack store on West McKnight Way early Monday morning and swiped several iPods and MP3 players, Marks said.



Police were alerted by an alarm at 2:28 a.m. and arrived to the store to find the front

door ajar, possibly pried open, he said.




In a similar incident Jan. 24, police responded to a 5:25 a.m. alarm at the Radio Shack on the 500 block of Sutton Way in Grass Valley to find the front window broken.

In that burglary, iPods and MP3 players were also targeted, he said.

“This doesn’t seem to be random,” Marks said.

Store managers have been working with police, providing inventories of their merchandise.

Police do not know how many people are involved in the burglaries, and they have no suspects, Marks said.

Investigators have been unsuccessful so far in obtaining any finger prints from the either Radio Shack, he said.

“I can’t say if it’s juveniles or adults responsible for this,” Marks said.

Crime statistics released by the Grass Valley Police Department last month show non-residential burglaries increased last year by 33 percent, from 40 incidents in

2006 to 53 incidents in 2007.

“Especially since commercial burglaries are up, we need to have awareness,” Marks said. “Business owners should be aware of neighboring businesses and contact us if they notice anything unusual.”

Marks asks anyone with information about either burglary to call to the Grass Valley Police Department at 477-4600.

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To contact Staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail rmoormeister@the

union.com or call 477-4236.


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