Burglaries on the rise in Ardmore
Multiple burglaries and attempts have been reported in Ardmore since Saturday, and in the past two days, the Ardmore Police Department said they have seen new cases popping up involving local businesses.
"It's unbelievable, you just don't feel safe,” said Tonya Berry, owner of The 420 Spot, a medical marijuana dispensary.
Since Saturday in various parts of town, two cars have been broken into and two cars and bicycles were stolen.
Ardmore Police Captain Keith Ingle said the auto and bike thefts and the business burglaries are separate incidents involving two different groups of people.
"At this time we're just asking if anybody knows anything to come forward and maybe give us something to go off of and somebody to look at or somebody to talk to,” said Ingle.
The businesses reporting the attempted break-ins are on 12th Avenue.
On Tuesday morning, Berry said someone threw a cinder block to one of her glass doors, but failed to get in.
"Someone had broken, shattered the door and triggered the alarm. At that point in time they have noticed they've also been in the beauty shop next door, too,” said Berry.
That same morning the thieves were able to break into a local hair salon — but only got away with a hairdryer.
Then Wednesday morning, Jay Ashley at CBD Plus USA said he made a report to Ardmore Police after he found his trash cans moved and shoe prints on his shop’s steel back door.
"We're pretty well secure. I think I have about 10 cameras running all the time and everything is locked up,” said Ashley.
Ashley said none of his cameras captured the thieves, but police have released a surveillance photo on social media that shows a person on a bike near Ashley’s shop suspected to be an accomplice.
"It's almost to the point where you want to camp out at your place and catch them,” said Ashley.
Captain Ingle said if anyone sees any suspicious behavior to call Ardmore Police at 580-223-1212.