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Burglary at Harlan bowling alley

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Burglars strike at a Harlan County bowling alley.

State police say the thieves caused thousands of dollars of damage and stole cash and other items at Hamrick's Bowling Center.

State police say around four o'clock on Wednesday morning, two people broke in through the back door and then smashed some arcade games and the prize machine.

The owner says they took almost all of the quarters from the quarter machine and all of the items from the prize machine including a Nintendo game system and $400 in cash.

Owner Blanton Hamrick says the theft and the damage adds up to thousands of dollars.

"That's you know payroll for a week and a half, so it hurts, it hurts bad," said Hamrick.

State police collected evidence on Wednesday afternoon but they ask the public for help finding suspects.

"At this time, we're just asking the public for information who may have seen someone at the back door or back of building or a vehicle in the parking lot," said Trooper Shane Jacobs.

Hamrick is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

This is the second burglary at the bowling alley in months. Burglars also stole items in September.

"We're trying to keep this place here, and it's hard to keep this place here if people keep breaking into it," Hamrick said.

Anyone with information on the burglaries should call Kentucky State Police Post in Harlan at 606-573-3131.

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