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Businesses Wary of Crime in Milan

Updated: Dec 31, 2012 06:14 PM CST
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Broken doors and broken windows, it's all been part of the status quo in Milan, Ill.

Now, businesses owners are starting to get on edge as they wait for the next break in.

"They came through the back door," says Paula Gunther, Owner of Therapeutic Oasis. " They tried to hammer through the glass with a crowbar or something."

In the last month, Gunther's business has been broken into twice, resulting in theft and damage. 

"They stole a couple of stereo receiver, a printer, an MP3 player. Probably between $400 and $500. And the door will cost another $2300 to replace."

And Gunther isn't alone. Several businesses have been hit over the last month, including nearby BMS Manufacturing. 

While they haven't had anything stolen yet, BMS has to replace multiple windows to prevent those responsible from breaking in. 

"It's going to cost between $4000 and $5000 to replace and reinforce all of our doors and windows and years," said Supervisor Brian Sambdman.

Milan Police Captain, Shawn Johnson says there has been little evidence left behind by the criminals, so solving these crimes may come down to help from the community.

"We're looking for more evidence and more help from the people living down there because a lot of these seem to be happening in one part of town."

And now, store owners are putting a cry for help out, hoping the people of Milan will come to aid.

"If you live in house near a business in a neighborhood and you hear glass breaking in the middle of the night," said Gunther, "Look out your window. See what's going on because they could start hitting homes next."