DUNKIRK Crime spree is a warning

The OBSERVER's view

Within the past 45 days, three city locations have been broken into, had items stolen or damaged. In November, it was the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry on Washington Avenue right before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Before New Year’s Day sunrise, the Elks Club of Dunkirk was burglarized and, overnight between Jan. 2 and 3, someone broke into the Salvation Army that also houses the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County on Central Avenue in the city.

Here’s the worrisome part. These are just the incidents we know about. How many others have happened that have not been made public?

For now, residents of Dunkirk and around northern Chautauqua County, should heed the warning. Lock the doors of your cars, homes and businesses.

These incidents do not appear related — and those with information to the crimes should call the city Police Department at 366-2266. This, for all intents and purposes, is an unwanted and unneeded trend.


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