Stopping burglaries in Gainesville

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- A growing problem faced the city of Gainesville after several dozen burglaries over the past two months. Now Gainesville Police say they are working to put a stop to that trend and they are asking the public to do the same.

D & L Motorcycles owner Leroy Fletcher says he has run out of ideas on how to keep his business safe.

"They broke in the side door and they came in here and they stole a motorcycle and two four-wheelers," Fletcher says.

Burglars have broken into his business four times in the last year, forcing Fletcher to shut down the repair end of his shop.

"You can’t bring in customers motorcycles and have them come in the next morning and they're stolen. You can’t stay in business that way."

Fletcher says he had an alarm, but that didn't work. All in all over $15,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from his store.

Several other stores have experienced the same problem.

"We’re not any different from any other city in terms of what kind of burglaries we have and criminal mischief and crime that’s occurring in the city."

Interim Police Chief Steven Flemming says burglaries are more common during and right after the holiday season because there is more merchandise on store floors.

Flemming says most of the time they are able to catch the thieves.

"Most of the burglaries that go on in our city, along with the thefts, you do have people that are addicted to drugs, and they like stealing whatever they can get their hands on."

To keep your belongings safe, Flemming says an alarm is the best way to go and if it has a security system, that’s even better because it's the alarm systems with video that are the most helpful to police when they are looking for stolen goods.

"We do have several businesses in town that have video cameras and that has really paid off in the past as far as seeing the suspects come in and then closing out the case."

It’s a device Fletcher says he might look into.

"I don’t know, I don’t know how to stop it. If I did, you know, no one would get burglarized."


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