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The Vandalia Police Department is issuing a warning to local businesses in light of a string of burglaries earlier this month.
Police Chief Larry Eason reported on Tuesday that the burglaries have included break-ins at two businesses in that have gambling machines.
On March 3, police handled a break-in at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 S. Third St.
According to police reports, someone pried open the front door of the building, then pried open the office door, taking four money bags.
Four poker machines and the juke box had also been pried open, and money removed from both.
There were no estimates on damage or loss.
On Monday morning, police handled a break-in at the Eagles Club, 112 N. Sixth St.
According to police reports, the southwest door of the building was pried open.
There was forced entry to an ATM machine, the jukebox and four poker machines, with an undetermined amount of money stolen.
Also stolen was approximately $170 from a cash register.
There were no estimates on the damage and total loss.
In issuing the warning, Eason said business owners “should be extra cautious” of leaving money inside machines and leaving large amounts of money on the premises after closing hours.
Police have also handled reports of residential burglaries recently.
Police responded to a report of a burglary in the 500 block of South Fifth Street on Saturday. According to reports, someone forced entry into a storage shed, damaging the lock.
Nothing was reported missing.
Police also received a report of burglary to a residence at 906 W. St. Louis Ave. on Sunday. There, someone had entered the residence and taken a bank envelope containing an estimated $300.