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Burglars hit businesses in Medina

A series of small-town burglaries in Medina and Woodworth has the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office warning businesses to lock their doors and bring cash home at the end of the day.

"There's been a rash of very similar burglaries in other counties," said Sgt. Jason Falk. "(The burglars) are very busy and we need to catch them, because it's (happening) like every weekend now."

The burglaries and attempted burglaries likely occurred between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday in Medina, Falk said.

At the Medina Café, $200 was taken and the burglars unsuccessfully attempted to get into a safe.

The Now and Then Second Hand Shop and the Medina General Store are housed in the same building, and the burglars took $250 from the former and $100 from the latter.

At the Diamond W Feeds, $100 in cash was taken.

The burglars were less successful in trying to get into the Decoy Bar, Tewy's Tavern and Fire House Ribs, all in Medina. They also tried and failed to enter the Stub's Pub in Woodworth.

When the burglars were successful, they either took cash or they emptied out gaming machines, and they didn't cause a lot of extra damage to the buildings, Falk said.

Even so, the damage to each door will likely cost about $100, and the safe was likely worth around $300, Falk said. At Now and Then, the till was broken too.

The Sheriff's Office has no suspects and no suspect vehicle at this time, Falk said, but the burglars are working a large enough area that they are likely in a vehicle.

Businesses should have good locks, and any cash should be taken home at the end of the day, Falk advised. Small towns are likely being targeted because there is less activity and fewer people are around.

Anyone with information about the burglaries should call the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office at 252-9000.

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