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Residents Fear Recent String of Burglaries

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After numerous reports of daytime burglaries, residents and business owners in Hancock County are now fearing for their safety.

"They scare me. I have a three year old daughter so you know I wouldn't want her being home and something like that happen with her around," says Cammie Carr of Beckley, WV.

"It's scary and it's happening right around my neighborhood and I live up there, too. I think the kids should stop vandalizing and breaking into homes; it's terrible," says Jackie Haynes of New Cumberland, WV.

Sheriff Ralph Fletcher says just this month, burglaries have occurred near Allison Road, Frankfurt Road, Pleasant Hills Road, Lyons Road and other outlying areas, with the most recent incident occurring Tuesday on Lick Run.

Sheriff Fletcher says that without help from citizens, authorities would not be able to piece together a description of the suspects.

"The best way we can protect our county is to have the assistance of the people who live here. We have to be able to be looking out of the windows and aware of who belong and who doesn't belong," says Fletcher.

Fletcher describes the vehicle of interest as a late 1990's to early 2000's silver and black truck with an Ohio license plate. A white male and female with dark hair have been seen driving it.

According to Fletcher, the suspects are stealing jewelry and other pricey items, putting business owners on alert.

"I'm kind of worried about it. We are new shop owners. We secured our building with cameras. I think everybody that's in business should do that," says Clayton Settle of New Cumberland, WV.

Authorities ask if you see a suspicious vehicle or people in your neighborhood to call the Sheriff's Department right away.