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Two thefts net $56K in county

Detectives are investigating a pair of thefts involving a total of $56,300 and a dozen firearms.

The incidents were reported Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. At this point, it has not been determined whether the two thefts are related, Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said.

The first was reported at 6:38 p.m. Tuesday when Arlin Burnett returned home to find his home ransacked, according to the incident report. He told deputies he had been away for about a week and someone had broken in through a back door to the home.

The firearms were in several locations throughout the house and the cash was in a lock box, which was on a chair under a pair of clothes, according to the report. A total of three lock boxes were pried open, one of which contained $50,000 in cash.

The second theft was reported at 4:38 a.m. Wednesday at 107 Robyn Drive. The victim, James Burnley, said his wife had $6,300 in cash in her purse, which she put in her car Tuesday night. The car was unlocked, according to the report.

Both incidents are under investigation. Perdue said common sense things could help prevent further thefts.

“Don’t leave valuables in your car,” he said. “Lock your car.

“If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, notify the sheriff’s office and we’ll do some extra patrols.”

Perdue suggested only telling a couple trusted people when you will be away from home for periods of time.

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