SHERIFF: Solving Hole-In-Wall Break-Ins A Top Priority

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The Pitt County Sheriff's Office responded to the Poorman's Restaurant at the flea market by the same name early Friday morning. The owners says a hole was cut into the wall of the restaurant.

Owner Ken Willoughby tells WITN's Carly Swain that someone cut a hole in the wall in the back of the building and stole money from the inside. Willoughby says he doesn't keep much cash in his business, and the intruder did not steal money from the ATM.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office responded to the restaurant early Friday morning.

Investigators have been looking into more than a dozen similar crimes in the last year. Earlier this week, someone cut a hole in the Junction Store in Farmville to steal money. Last week, the Country Mart on Barrus Construction Road had the same thing happen. A safe was broken into at the post office in Stokes on June 19, after someone broke through the wall.

This unusual spree of break-ins is considered a top priority of Sheriff Neil Elks, according to Christy Wallace, a spokesperson for the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. Wallace says the sheriff has been meeting weekly with law enforcement officials in other counties where similar break-ins have occurred.