UPDATE: Harlan County sees string of burglaries, vandalism


    Authorities are looking for suspects after several businesses and churches were ransacked across Harlan County.

    Harlan County Sheriff Chris Becker said the first break-in happened on Monday morning at a Lutheran church in Oxford.

    Becker said several people broke into the building and trashed the interior, getting away with a small amount of money and candy. He said they also damaged a door in the process.

    Becker said the next incidents happened in the early-morning hours on Wednesday, where he believed the same group of people broke into a Stamford gas station.

    The suspects reportedly broke out windows to get in, and they got away with a small amount of money and candy.

    A bar in Stamford was also burglarized, and they got away with cigarettes, coins and candy.

    Becker said the group then headed to Orleans, where the library staff reported damage to their door frame. They said nobody was able to get inside.

    The Orleans agricultural center also had broken windows, damage to the door, and the interior was ransacked.

    Becker said a 40-inch TV was stolen from a church there, as well as a small amount of money.

    He said similar incidents have been reported in Furnas County as well, saying numerous thefts from vehicles have been reported in the area since late December.

    Furnas County Sheriff Doug Brown said he's seen similar reports on social media, but nothing like that has been reported to his agency since November 1.

    Brown urged people to call his office at 308-268-2245 if they see criminal or suspicious activity, so deputies can respond.

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