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UPDATE: Arrest Made In String Of Milan Burglaries

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Police say they made an arrest in connection with recent burglaries. They arrested 24-year-old Michael Bennett.
      
He's charged with two counts of burglary in connection with burglaries at Meatheads meat market and Scamper Inn restaurant.
        
19-year-old Elizabeth DePoorter was also charged in the case with obstruction of justice.
      
More charges are pending.

 

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Nearly a half dozen businesses have been burglarized overnight in Milan within the last week and a half. Police say the first of the burglaries happened on September 29th, with some businesses getting hit more than once. 

The thieves typically get in by breaking windows. The latest of the businesses to get hit were Pizza Joynt and Meathead's in Milan.  Wednesday is the second time this week they've been broken into. The owner of Meathead's says the thieves made off with some cash. 

Those businesses aren't alone, about five businesses have also been hit recently, all on the same road along Andalusia Road/10th Ave W. 

"It's on my mind every night when I go to bed that my phone's going to go off, that I've been broken into again," Business Owner Paula Gunther says. 

For Gunther, third time is not a charm.  

"Back in December, we were broken into twice in three weeks," Gunther says, "Two weeks ago, they came into the same window, busted that." 

Gunther's business has been hit three times in a year, and though the people behind the first two are behind bars, but now the break-ins have started again and are spreading to other businesses.  

"It's unnerving, it's very frustrating," Gunther says. 

"I got a call from my brother about 5 o'clock this morning, saying that the back window to the door was broken out," Joe Kibling says.  

Kibling spent his morning cleaning up broken glass.  

"It's kind of very disappointing to get woken up to," he says. 

And what's more, the things that are taken don't even amount to the damage caused. 

"The office they got into was just a storage office, there isn't anything of value, so why they would go into that office is beyond me," Kibling says. 

"They busted my register and took about two dollars in change," Gunther says. 

A few dollars in change is hardly anything compared to thousands of dollars these business owners have spent repairing windows and doors, and adding security. 

"The lights and the lexion is about $2000, and my back door was broken into and that had to be replaced, that as $2300," Gunther says. 

Meanwhile police say they're taking steps to stop this from happening.  

"We obviously have done saturation patrols there, we obviously have some other measures that we've put into place, and I think we're re-evaluating and going to do some alternative things," Det. Christopher George of Milan PD says. 

But they're asking for your help too. 

"Please be vigilant, if you hear glass breaking in the middle of the night, look out, did somebody hear glass breaking? Did somebody hear pounding on the back door?" Gunther says. 

Police say all of the burglaries typically happen between late evening and early morning. If you have any information or see something suspicious-- call police or Crime Stoppers.

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