Help sought in stemming rash of burglaries in Dayton, Columbia County

Numerous residential and commercial break-ins have been reported recently in Columbia County.

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DAYTON -- Burglaries and thefts continue to plague businesses and residents of Dayton and Columbia County, and Sheriff Walt Hessler said he needs "the public's help on this so we can get it curtailed.

"We have limited resources, as far as manpower."

Since Sept. 1, 16 burglaries have been reported, including five in businesses. Most of the commercial burglaries have occurred on Main Street.

"We haven't had a real rash of commercial burglaries for a long time," Hessler said.

Three burglaries and a theft were reported over the weekend. The incidents occurred in the 500 block of East Washington Avenue, 1500 and 1200 blocks of South Fourth Street, and a cabin in the 900 block of Payne Hollow.

Hessler has assigned extra patrols and manpower in an effort to curtail the problem and apprehend those responsible.

Residents and business owners can help deter burglars by locking doors when leaving, using deadbolt locks, and refraining from leaving cash in businesses, if possible.

Residents should keep an eye on their neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity, no matter how insignificant it may seem, immediately as it is happening, Hessler said. Delay in reporting may mean the difference between thwarting a burglary in progress and investigation of a burglary that has already occurred.

To report a crime in progress, suspicious activity or suspicious persons, call 911 or the Sheriff's Office at 382-2518.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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