The quiet community of Southport appears to be in the midst of a mini-crime wave. Six break-ins in the past two nights, one resulting in a major fire, has investigators searching for answers.
According to police, around four o’clock Wednesday morning, thieves broke in to the Prevatte Law Firm and then set it on fire.
“Stuff is stuff and we can replace it. We worked hard before; we’ll work hard again. But we’re just fortunate that no one got hurt,” said owner Jim Prevatte.
Between water smoke and fire damage, Prevatte said this building is a complete loss. Clearly, it is the hardest hit on a string of break-ins on North Howe Street.
The business next door was fortunate compared to its neighbor; still it was hit by a thief, or thieves.
“They rifled through our desks, looking throwing materials on the floor, throwing checkbooks on the floor, nothing is taken as far as we can see,” said Dennis Moore of Consolidated Asset Mangement.
A third business, a doctor’s office about a block up Howe Street was also broken in to. “We presume that the perpetrator, or perpetrators were looking for cash,” said Southport Police Chief JB Dove.
In all three cases, no money was stolen. What’s somewhat puzzling, none of these businesses typically keep much cash on hand.
Just the night before, three similar businesses were also broken in to, just outside Southport city limits, about seven blocks away. A hundred dollars, a laptop and brief case were taken from the buildings Tuesday night.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and working together with the Southport Police Department.
The Marshall’s Office and the SBI are still looking in to the cause of the fire.
The Southport Police Department is offering a five hundred dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest in these break-ins.
If you know anything about these cases, call the Southport police at 457-7917 or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.