By Clint Parker
Leicester – Crooks started the new year off with a couple of break-ins. At least two area businesses were the victims of break-in sometime between New Year’s and January 2nd, according to Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office reports filed on Thursday, January 2nd by deputies.
Jeff’s Auto Sales at 158 New Leicester Highway was broken into on January 2. Owner Jeff Caldwell posted a reward on Facebook of $500 for information leading to a conviction of the individual or individuals who broke into his business. Also broken into the same day was Shorties BBQ at 6 Newfound Road.
While Jeff’s Auto appeared to be more vandalism, at Shorties there were several items listed as stolen in the incident report including a door locking mechanism ($550), $650 cash, 125 power meter ($125), fiber optic service wire ($125), a cash register drawer ($300) and a Glock semi-automatic pistol ($600). All totaling over $2,000.
In Caldwell’s photos posted on his Facebook page, there was also apparently an attempt to steal his power meter.
According to a Facebook post on the barbecue restaurant’s social media, Shorties was open on New Year’s as they posted: “Hey Shorties Fans We are open Today !!! Happy New Year, let’s start it right with a great bite of Good Food !!!!!” at 8:45 am on the first. Nothing was posted on their website about the break-in.
Two different deputies took the reports and it is unknown whether the two break-ins are related.