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Drugs Lead to Burglaries in Mayking

A church, a deli, and a hardware store are just a few of the places police say were burglarized in the Mayking community. They say the crimes are the result of the area's growing drug problem.

These bars on the door are a new addition to the Old Style Deli and Market since a break-in about two months ago.

Owner Sharla Craft says, "They're trying to get items that can easily be gotten rid of for cash money, we think it's probably drugs, drug use."

Surveillance video shows two men kicking in the door to the deli, which is similar to what happened at the nearby Sears Hardware. Owner Kelvin Eldridge says "The siding, they took the bolts out and peeled the siding back and bent it back and then kicked a hole through the wall."

Eldridge says someone took about $8,000 worth of merchandise when they broke in less than two weeks ago.

"We find that the reason they steal is because that they don't have a job in order to support their habits. They will steal and pawn," says Sgt. Brian Damron.

Sgt. Damron says people start using prescription pills for injuries, abuse the drugs and become addicted, then will do anything for the next fix, and he says it is not just businesses seeing the effects. "We had a couple of burglaries reported to us of just home burglaries, people who have left and came back and found that their residence was broken into and item removed."

Sgt. Damron says someone also stole two heating pumps from this church recently, a building that's been targeted before.

"Times are hard, it's getting harder to find a dollar, and so we probably can expect more of this," says Eldridge.

So far, police have no leads in any of the cases.

Sergeant Damron says the sheriff's department is focusing their efforts on the Mayking area with several undercover drug buys and road checkpoints to hopefully turn the drug problem around.


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