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Authorities say stolen mannequins could be a prank gone too far

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Police say it might be a prank gone too far. Someone broke into Downtown Kilgore businesses to steal mannequins.

Monday morning someone broke into the Kilgore Historical Preservation Society on Kilgore Street.

This break-in happened a month after a break-in at the Crystal Spur Boutique, which is just across the street.

Police say so far, only mannequins have been taken, and while it may be a prank, the break-ins have already left some serious damage.

Cathy Hartley, owner of Crystal Spur Boutique, admits she thought it was a little weird when one of her store-front mannequins was stolen about a month ago.

"The mannequin they took was the blonde. I was like 'Really? Why couldn't they have taken the red head?'" says Hartley.

When another mannequin was stolen from the Kilgore Historical Preservation Society, which is directly across the street, she knew something was up.

"I mean what do they want with a mannequin? That's why at first I thought it was a prank or an in-school dare, but now that they've hit another store, I think it's gone a little bit past that," says Hartley.

A seven-and-a-half pound barbell was used both times to break into the store fronts.

"It's definitely strange; something that I haven't seen before. Why the mannequins are being targeted in downtown Kilgore is beyond me. To me it suggests that it's some juveniles in a prank-like situation," says Captain Roman Roberson of the Kilgore Police Department.

The consequences, however, are no laughing matter.

Captain Roberson says the suspect could be charged with burglary of a building, which is a felony charge.

Hartley says it cost her close to a thousand dollars to repair the window. Not the mention the $300 for the mannequin and clothes she was wearing. But really, she just wants a couple of questions answered.

"I'd like to know why, and what were they thinking," says Hartley.

As of now, Kilgore Police say they do not have any leads.

Hartley says she now has a new alarm system and will be getting security cameras soon.

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