Downtown businesses hit by rash of thefts recently

Published 7:32 pm Friday, August 5, 2016

Thieves hit three downtown area business between Tuesday and early Friday morning, taking cash at one business, merchandise at another and change from the third.

Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said $250 were reported taken about 1:30 p.m. from the cash register at Yesterday’s Children Antique Museum, also known as the Doll Museum, 1104 Washington St. According to the report, two people entered the museum, and while one person was distracting the owner, the other took the money from the register.

Thursday, jewelry and other items valued at $250 were reported taken from the Attic Gallery, 1101 Washington St. Four children ages 8 to 12 years old took a ring and necklace, and three decorative boxes valued at $60 each.

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“The owner said the items were there when the children came in, and gone when they left,” Williams said. “She tried to run after the children, but lost them.”

“They came in and were playing with some of the instruments on display; they were very active,” Attic Gallery owner Leslie Silver said. “Our purpose is to give people exposure to art and an understanding and appreciation of art. I’m disappointed that it happened.”

Farther north on Washington Street, Klondyke owner David Day said someone damaged an air compressor at his business either late Thursday or early Friday and took an undetermined amount of change.

“They broke the lock we had on it,” he said. “They didn’t get much, because we empty it periodically. We’ve been here 11 years, and this is the first act of vandalism we’ve had.”

Anyone with information on any of these thefts can call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or 1-866-481-8477.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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