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EZ-Stop suffers another break-in

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By Geoff Hamill

When burglars made their way into EZ-Stop convenience store in Willisburg over the weekend, it marked the second time in recent weeks the store had been broken into.

During the last break-in, cigarettes were taken. This time, the burglars attempted to make their way into the store’s automatic teller machine.

Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley said he got the call early Saturday morning where he learned of the latest break-in. Bartley said 911 dispatch records indicated that the call came in shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, but no call came from the alarm company.

“When I got to EZ-Stop, somebody had broken the front door, and then when I went around back, I found that they had pulled the electric meter off the building and disabled the alarm,” Bartley said.

Once inside, the thieves again took cigarettes, but this time, they brought with them a hammer, and that’s what Bartley said they apparently used in the attempt to get inside the ATM.

“It didn’t look like they had used a crow bar. The ATM had been beat on, and it looked like they tried to beat it open,” he said.

Hill added that the telephone lines at the store had also been cut after the first burglary.

Bartley said deputy Jackie Robinson had responded to an alarm at the store about a week earlier, but found nothing suspicious at that time.

Since the first burglary, Hill has been offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the case. He said that reward still stands.

In addition, Hill said he has received an anonymous letter from someone with information about the burglaries, and he would like that person to contact him again.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hill at (859) 805-0532 or (859) 265-0754. Information can also be reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (859) 336-5400.