WILMINGTON -- It's not everyday that someone breaks into a library looking for cash. But recently, Pettee Memorial Library had two incidents where cash was stolen after the building was broken into after hours.

"We feel that we need to have some security thing in there," said library trustee treasurer Louis Clark.

According to Clark, the two incidents occurred over about a one month period. A total of $70 was taken from the library in the burglaries.

"We don't keep a lot in there," Clark said. "Petty cash and things to pay for parties, faxes and late taxes."

The issue was brought up at a trustee's meeting in July. Swan Electric President Doug Swanson attended and is expected to bring proposals to the trustees' next meeting in September.

Wilmington Police Department had investigated the burglaries, Clark told the Reformer.

"They have their suspicions," he added.

Although the incidents may have nothing to do with other recent burglaries in Wilmington, people have broken into cars, residences and businesses. A car was recently stolen in town and two people were charged in Massachusetts.

Police Chief Joe Szarejko recently acknowledged that there is a problem with heroin in town. When he addressed the downtown organization Wilmington Works Board on Aug. 14, he provided tips for avoiding burglaries, such as having security systems or cameras installed.

"A number of the people we're dealing with are junkies," he said.


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"They're heroin addicts and that's driven a lot of the crime that we've had recently here. That's what fuels our criminal element here."

Szarejko also pointed out that recent burglaries has not yet reached epidemic levels.

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