Cash Express suffers third break-in

From Staff Reports

   Lisa Causby, office manager of Cash Express, 2123 W. Elk Ave., recently reported to EPD Ptl. John Ramsey the third break-in to the business in the past month.
   Causby said that, on Nov. 29, someone forced their way into Cash Express by cutting a screen on the business's back porch and prying open the back door.
   She reported the break-ins have occurred since managers terminated a female employee earlier in November. In the incident, the perpetrators were unable to locate the business' cash, which Causby reports she had hidden. However, they did tear up a business file and ripped a dummy security camera off the wall.
   In the report of an earlier incident, business owner Gary Cooper reported to police that he also suspected the former employee in the break-in.
   According to a report filed by EPD Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry on Nov. 25, on Nov. 8, the day after the employee was fired, Cooper reported someone entered the business without force and removed $50 from the safe.
   Cooper told Mayberry at that time that he had changed the locks on the building. On Nov. 25, the business was broken into again. This time, the glass in the back door had been broken. Again, the safe was entered and $150 and was removed. Four car titles were also stolen. Cooper stated he suspected the former employee because the safe was opened by using the combination.
   Cooper said the Washington County Clerk told him that two people, a male and a female, had recently attempted to have one of the stolen titles reassigned to themselves. He said the clerk told him the subjects stated they purchased the business from Cooper and needed the title assigned to them.
   Cooper said the clerk refused to transfer the title but did not seize it or make a record of the vehicle identification number or any information about the subjects.
   Investigation into these incidents is ongoing.