January 1, 2007
Not exactly how Doug Caron, owner of Advantage Office Systems, expected to spend his New Year's Day. But after a string of break-ins throughout the city Sunday night, several store owners were left picking up the pieces.
"It looks like somebody came through sometime early this morning and smashed in the front door and tried to take whatever they could get out of the store," Caron said.
A total of four businesses were targeted overnight, three of those all inside Kathy's Shopping Center along Carlton Road. Though still investigating, police said because of the close locations, it's likely they were all related.
"They may be connected they may not be some of them were pretty close proximity so that makes us think possibly," Sgt. Farruggio of Charlottesville Police said.
Along with cash, valuables were also taken. Caron said that area had typically been a secure one, up until just recently.
"We've been here since 1992 and this the first time we've ever been broken into other than just a month, month and a half ago," Caron continued.
But police chalked these incidents up to New Year's mischief, saying this holiday typically tends to be when crimes escalate.
"New Year's eve and New Years day are both very busy days, whether it's car accidents domestic assaults, breaking and enterings whatever occurs, we usually get a lot of it," Sgt. Farruggio said.