By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Local authorities are urging residents to take precautions in light of auto and home burglaries that have occurred in the city and county.
Sheriff Tim Mitchell has asked that everyone be aware of auto burglaries committed in Webster County. He stressed the importance of locking one’s car doors and having all valuable items removed from plain sight.
The Webster County Emergency Management Agency, in a Tuesday posting on its Facebook page, reported items stolen in burglaries that have occurred in the last week or so include guns, purses, wallets and electronics.
Reports released by the Webster County 911 Center show that a break-in was reported Dec. 24 on Duncan Road; two break-ins were reported Dec. 30 on Highway 82 in the county and at an unidentified location in the city; and another was reported early Jan. 1 on Gifford Street in Eupora.
The Eupora Police Department’s monthly report for December lists these burglaries and attempted burglaries that occurred last month in the city:
• an auto burglary on Adams Avenue in which a wallet and speakers were stolen. The burglary occurred Dec. 30, according to 911 Center reports.
• five house burglaries, which occurred on Pecan Avenue (nothing stolen), Autumn Drive (two 42-inch TVs and a DVD player stolen), Veterans Memorial Boulevard (nothing stolen), Phillips Street (iPad stolen but recovered) and Waterworks Road (nothing stolen).
• the attempted burglary of a dwelling on Gold Street.
The report notes that the Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office with the investigation of an auto burglary at East Shore Drive. The EPD recovered a wallet that was taken from the vehicle.
Police Chief Gregg Hunter told the Board of Aldermen on Monday that charges were filed last week against a juvenile in connection with one of the burglaries in the city.
Hunter also said he is working with the Houston Police Department on burglaries there. Four car break-ins are under investigation in Houston, according to the Chickasaw Journal. Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles told the newspaper last week that the culprits broke into one car in broad daylight but appeared to be cruising city neighborhoods at night looking for unlocked cars.
Hunter said Eupora officers do conduct house checks and urged city residents who are going to be out of town to request house checks while they are away.
Anyone who has any information regarding the burglaries in the county and city is asked to call the Webster County Sheriff’s Department at 258-7701 or the Eupora Police Department at 258-4121.