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Chapel Hill business owners, residents concerned about recent break-ins

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) - Dale Krams and Jeff Abolafia have been visiting Chapel Hill since the early 1980s.

"I've always thought of Chapel Hill as kind of a sleepy, safe kind of town," Krams said.

Both are reacting to a recent notice from Chapel Hill Police, investigating numerous break-ins throughout the town. Officers said six cases happened on Tuesday.

Matt Holtry at Baxter Barn Arcade on Graham Street said they were one of many break-ins happening on the block recently. Click here to view map of recent crimes.

Security video obtained by CBS 17 showed a person Holtry said broke through a window and walked out with three bottles of liquor. According to Holtry, the theft happened more than a month ago.

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"We're all a community here, and you feel kind of violated when somebody comes in an does something like that," Holtry said. "It's just not cool."

The same goes for Britton Van Vleek at nearby Beer Study, who got a call after he said someone stole around $200 from their business about three weeks ago.

"Honestly, I closed the night before, so I'm kind of bummed I had to come into work early," he said.

Both are hoping this trend will come to an end soon.

"They're going to get in a lot of trouble if they get caught, and that's not good," Holtry said. "They're hurting other local businesses and people in the community that have no ill will towards those people."

Police mentioned a number of cases have taken place in the northeast area of Chapel Hill.

Officers recommend securing your home and/or business by making sure they're locked and activating alarm systems, if available. They also suggest making sure you hide your valuables and report any suspicious activity.

The Chapel Hill Police Department can be reached at (919) 968-2760.


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