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"If you get 10 or 11 business burglaries, in a community our size you've basically covered the entire business district at that point with that many businesses," Knoxville Police Chief Ron Poyner said. 

It's a business district that Chief Ron Poyner says isn't large enough for that many burglaries to happen.  The town has seen a total of 11 burglaries in the past month and the chief calls unusual for Knoxville. 

"We've had burglaries where nothing was taken because it wasn't anything there or as little as $49  up to $1,000 in cash," Poyner said.

The police department is taking steps to catch the culprit by keeping a close eye out and beefing up patrols, but that doesn't change things for owners whose businesses were already broken into.

"They broke the back door to get in. And broke the register by using a crowbar to open it up," Knoxville Bar & Grill owner Louie Sahyouni said. 

Louie Sahyouni says the thief broke into his restaurant 2 weeks ago, stole $300, a case of beer, and candy.

He says having his business broken into frustrates him because a few days profit is hard to come by in such a small town.

"You lose $300. That's your profit for a few day," Sahyouni said. "Now we don't leave cash anymore. We just bring it in and take it with us."

Just next door new business owner Keith Vaughn plans to open up shop in the next month. He says he realizes main street has been a target for the burglar and knows he's risking his business getting broken into--but says he's not going to give up on bringing a resource to town that it needs. 

"It's our town...this is something that we need. Knoxville needs a store like this and everybody wants it. so we're going to keep it and we're going to move on and we're not going to let anybody set us back," said Keith Vaughn with Knoxville Merchantile.

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