Glass repairmen replaced the windows and doors police say burglars smashed at the Goodwill store on South University Avenue. Public Relations & Community Engagement Manager Rebecca Brockman say Goodwill Industries of Arkansas' mission is to help rebuild lives, families, and communities through the power of work. "We help put Arkansans back to work, so to see this is disappointing. "
And it's not just the Goodwill store. Police say the Radio Shack on Rodney Parham has been victim of multiple break-ins, as well as Doe's Eat Place. The common factor in all the burglars police say the suspects didn't get away with anything valuable. They just left a big mess for businesses to clean up.
Brockman says it's upsetting, but police say it's not unusual to see a string of business and home burglaries. Sgt. Cassandra Davis with the Little Rock Police Department say, "Unfortunately, it's not anything abnormal to see a number of residential burglaries. Usually they occur quite often, unfortunately."
Sgt. Davis says burglars are hoping a quick smash will result in a good grab. "They just take a chance and hope they find something of value when they break in. "
But as in these recent cases, that chance of getting away with something valuable didn't end up profitable. Brockman says it's just an inconvenience but once the damage is fixed, it's business as usual.
Little Rock Police say the largest amount of money involved in any of these burglaries is $1,000 suspects took from a a home break-in.
Police are still investigating, but Sgt. Davis says it's possible the suspects are all connected and once detectives solve one crime, others may follow.
The Goodwill Store on South University was first broken into in the middle of the night on Sunday, February 17th. The second time someone smashed the store window and doors was very early in the morning on Saturday, February 23rd. Police say the suspects cost the store about $150 worth of damage.