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Hattiesburg Police Investigate Christmas Burglaries

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While most people were opening presents and visiting with family, others were breaking the law.

Around 9:30 Christmas morning, HPD responded to an alarm at Pine Belt Veterinary Hospital on Highway 49.

Vet clinics are not a usual target for burglers, police said.

"We know that syringes were taken," Lt. Jon Traxler of HPD said. "The vets do have different narcotics in there. Of course, they're not really designed for people."

Over the weekend, someone stole bicycles from the Aspire Center on McCinnis Ave.

And employees at the Howard Children Christian Center walked in their business to find two male juveniles who got in through a broken window.

"Nothing appeared to be missing out of the business," Traxler said.  "Nothing appeared to be damaged other than the way they made entry into the building."

Police said the owners think the boys may have been simply seeking shelter from the cold.

Traxler said even though break-ins tend to rise during certain times, they are never commonplace.

"We don't consider them normal any day of the week or any time of the year, but again, people will be out of their offices longer," Traxler said.  "Also they'll have more stuff in there because of being out or maybe even storing stuff in there for Christmas."

Although the official holiday totals aren't in yet, Traxler said he believes stepping up patrol helped to curb a lot of mischief.

He also thanked the public for their help in protecting their businesses, homes and property.

"Of course the season's not over, so we want everybody not to just forget about it," Traxler said.  "We want everybody to keep working on that for us. If they see something in their neighborhood, give us a call."

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