A string of burglaries has hit the Grand Island area.
Captain Kerry Mehlin with GIPD's Criminal Investigations Division says nearly 50 burglaries have occurred in Grand Island since the beginning of the year.
"So far, they've been leaning more towards residential than commercial burglaries. But since the first of the year, our commercial or business burglaries have picked up considerably," said Mehlin.
Officials say break-ins are taking place all over town, targeting both homes and businesses. A wide range of items have been stolen including cash, jewelry, electronics and safes. Mehlin says the burglars are breaking into buildings any way they can.
"Prying doors, breaking windows, probably take one good look at the place and try to make a determination about the best way, easiest way to get in without making a lot of noise and that's what they're doing," said Mehlin.
Although the burglaries don't show a consistent pattern, Capt. Mehlin says they've had a break through with the arrest of suspect Richard Jarman, Jr.
"We have tied him to no less than 12 of the thefts and burglaries that have occurred over the past weeks in grand island," said Mehlin.
Mehlin says the commercial burglaries have dropped back to normal levels since Jarman was arrested earlier this week. Authorities are encouraging residents to report anything they see that looks out of the ordinary. Officer Butch Hurst says don't hesitate.
"If you are doubting whether you should call or not... The answer is yes, call," said Hurst.
Officer Hurst says there are actions that can be taken by individuals to protect themselves and their property.
"Part of it is lock your house up, lock your car up, don't leave anything valuable in your car," said Hurst.
He says another good idea is keeping track of valuables with information like make, model and serial number -- making it easier to recover if something is stolen.
Officer Hurst says a great online resource is www.usaonwatchus.org