Defuniak Springs Police Investigating Area Break-ins

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Authorities in one Northwest Florida city will keep a close eye on downtown businesses. Within the last 48-hours, there have been two break-ins' in Defuniak Springs.

On Monday night, someone broke through the front window of the Council on Aging. The suspect rummaged through some desks and found a few dollars.

Twenty-four hours earlier, there was a similar burglary at Mamie's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 90.

There have been a dozen downtown break-ins' in two weeks:

"You wonder who's been in here. Why have they've been here. I don't like it when they get in when your not here," says Hair Stylist Connie Strickland.

Expect to see an increase in police patrols; City Marshal Michael Adkinson is looking at foot patrol as well, putting a cop on the beat.

"We're looking at various surveillance measures, and we're looking at foot patrols, something that we were going to do anyway, but with limited staff, and a specific area," said Adkinson.

Cab Company Operator Kathy Menser has advised her drivers to be especially careful at night. "We have told are drivers to be aware, and they have the communication at hand to get up with the police and sheriff's department at a moment's notice, to be aware of that area."

Store owners in Defuniak Springs are being asked to make sure their businesses are "locked-up", especially at night.

They also are encouraged to report any suspicious activity or individuals.

Police say they want to get the culprit or culprits off the streets, before someone is possibly injured.

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