Break-ins at a number of homes, businesses in Edgefield, South Carolina

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (WJBF) - Authorities in Edgefield, South Carolina have been hard at work. The Police Department is working 15 burglaries since the beginning of September.

"We are a local community. We are just a tight-knit small town," Madeline Meyers told NewsChannel 6's Shawn Cabbagestalk. "It's hurting our community and it's costing us a lot of money," she added.

Meyers is the practice manager at Edgefield Veterinarian Clinic. It is one of the nearly two dozen cases the Police Department is working.

"The back door had been smacked in," Meyers said. "They could not get in thru the back door so they pried open the windows with what looked like maybe a crowbar and they came in through the window," she added.

Cash, checks, and credit cards were stolen. American Express alerted the owner of what happened.

"The first time in 30 years that this practice has been broken into," Meyers recalled.

A wide range of businesses were the target of thieves. B&B loans, Amoco gas station, and the Banks Pharmacy were all on their recent hit list. Owners of the pharmacy declining to talk to camera said this is the second burglary in six years.  The crooks snatched a number of powerful drugs.

"Just don't be doing that. Try to get you a job and try to make your little ends meet," Lifelong Edgefield resident Nancy Williams said.

Businesses were not the only targets, homes on Coral, Simkins, and Kendall Mill Village all seen, burglars.

"People do not play about their property," Williams added.

Money, guns, and electronics are on the intruders' checklists, according to officials. "They need to stop," Meyers said.

"You're going to be mad when the cops get you, you're going to be mad and want to think someone did you wrong. Just don't do the crime and you won't have to do the time," Williams said.

Authorities believe the burglaries are the work of two different groups of individuals.

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