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Half-Dozen Businesses Ransacked in DeFuniak Springs

Earlier this week, a half-dozen Defuniak Springs businesses were broken into over a several hour period. Northwest Florida authorities continue to look for suspects involved in a rash of break-ins.

On Monday morning, Earl Alford found that someone had used a crowbar to pry open the backdoor of his construction business.

Alford says the burglar went through desk drawers, apparently looking for cash or some other valuables. "Basically they pried open the door. They were looking for money or valuables, didn't find it. We were lucky."

Between midnight and 5PM Monday morning, one or more suspects broke into six businesses in, or near downtown Defuniak Springs; offices were ransacked and in several cases, cash was taken.

Captain Mark Weeks with the DeFuniak Springs Police Department said, "They were going from business to business, [with] no rhyme or reason to what they were looking for. Some cash, or valuables."

Veterinarian Dr. David Feitsma had his animal clinic broken into. It’s the fourth time in the last five years. It’s giving him a feeling of being "violated". "It's hard to come in on a Monday morning and see someone had broken into the business. It’s the fourth time this year. It is very frustrating; a little angry."

The owner of a downtown health food store says in a way, the burglar, or burglars were kind of polite.

Linda Betts, owner of Nature's Health Food Store said, "They broke through the front door. They came to the cash drawer here, and found there was nothing. Then they went to a different draw. Nothing there as well, so they left."

Defuniak Springs Police are looking for the public's help in regard to the pre-dawn break-ins' on Monday morning.

If you have information, contact police at 850-892-8511.


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