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Barry Twp. police looking for connection in thefts
BARRY COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A small community is being hit by criminals at home and in the cemetery.
The rash of crime broke out primarily in the last week.
Barry Township Police say they are trying to determine if the crimes could be related, and are looking for your help to catch the crooks.
Police Chief Victor Pierce says as many as three urns have been taken from Hickory Corners Cemetery in recent weeks, and he's trying to confirm whether or not remains were taken with them.
He also says there were more than a half-dozen cars and homes broken into over the weekend.
The crooks made off with everything from cash to guns.
It goes far beyond petty vandalism.
Chief Pierce says he started round the clock patrols in the cemetery last week.
But as one patrol was drawing to a close over the weekend, a person or a group started hitting homes less than 2 miles from here.
Laurie White owns one of 8 homes hit in a small area of Barry Township over the weekend.
But she and her family may have been hit the hardest.
She says there were four guns stolen from their pole barn, in addition to computer, television, and radios.
So they've made some changes.
We have a security system in place now, White said.
But she doesn't intend to let it change their lives.
I don't want to be afraid to stay here, Im not afraid to stay here, she said. I don't want our children or our grandchildren to be afraid here.
At this time, Barry Township Police are trying to determine if the break-ins could be related to the thefts from the cemetery.
The department is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrests of the people responsible for the cemetery thefts.
You can reach Barry Township Police at (269)623-5512.