“It’s not unusual being this close to Christmas and the economy the way it is,” Bolcik said.
Bolcik said many businesses have numerous employees who have access to combinations and safes.
But the thefts this year are “more than we have had in the past few years,” he said.
Bolcik advised to keep vehicles locked when parked outside – even in your driveway.
He said keep a porch light on and doors locked at all times.
“And keep a lookout for suspicious people and activity. Report it to the Sheriff’s Office,” he said.
Bolcik said his office is methodically clearing theft cases up.
Among the thefts are a robbery of the Bayside Grocers convenience store in Bayside.
The store was robbed at 5 a.m. Nov. 25.
The clerk said a black man wearing a hoodie stuck something in her back, possibly a weapon, and ordered her to give him the money.
According to the Sheriff’s Office incident report, $3,500 was taken.
Lt. Martin DeLeon, investigator for the Sheriff’s Office, said the offense is considered a robbery by force.
He also said his investigation is closing in on the offender.
In other cases, DeLeon said an intruder was caught inside a house in Tivoli, and another burglary in Woodsboro of a vacant house resulted in an arrest.
In the Sheriff’s Office incident reports, there were also burglaries in Woodsboro on Burton Street, Farm-to-Market Road 136 and Second Street.
Also burglaries were being investigated in Refugio at West King Street and Exxon Road.
DeLeon suggested residents invest in timed lights and inside dogs, whether real or mechanical (barking).
“Be alert. Be watching strange individuals around your house and keep an eyeball on other houses. Neighbors need to take care of each other,” he said.