Detectives with the Weatherford Police Department are currently investigating several burglaries and criminal mischief that has occurred recently in the area located just off the northwest quadrant of the Weatherford Square.
This past week, unknown suspect(s) made forced entry into several businesses at the 100-200 blocks of York Ave. Just shortly after 3am on Monday, 09/19/2011, officers were dispatched to an alarm call at A Step Back in Time located at 210 York Ave. Upon arrival, officers found that it along with other businesses: Something Special Boutique (126B York Ave), Legacy Hair Salon (126A York Ave) and Giggle Snaps Portrait Studio (127 York Ave) had been burglarized as well. Complainants reported that small amounts of cash and checks as well as an antique (gold with marble top) 1930’s National Cash Register had been taken where others reported nothing missing.
Though officers’ response was less than 30 seconds after Weatherford dispatchers received notification from the business alarm company, the suspect(s) were gone upon arrival.
Within the last couple of weeks, officers had responded to First Financial Bank in regards to graffiti that had been found on the upper portion of the outside north wall of the bank. The suspect(s) would have had to actually gain access to the roof of surrounding businesses in order to reach this area of the bank. Witnesses had reported what they thought to be “teenagers” on top of the roof a few days prior to the criminal mischief which was evident when officers found discarded trash and empty alcoholic beverage containers on the roofs of surrounding buildings.
Investigators are not sure if the graffiti and the burglaries are related but they are looking into possible connections.
The Weatherford Police Department is encouraging anyone with information on this crime or who may have seen something suspicious in this area during the given time frame to call the Weatherford Police Department at 817-598-4300 or Parker County Crime Stoppers at (817) 599-5555 or 1-800-942-STOP.
Up to a $1,000 reward will be paid for this information and you may remain anonymous.