LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin business owners say they're tired of their businesses getting ripped off. In the past few weeks, several businesses on Timberland and the surrounding areas have been hit.
The business owners said they're tired of cleaning up and paying up for all these thieves' messes.
ABC Auto owner Bobby Cranford is installing cameras at his shop after burglars broke into his business, again.
"Someone took a part out of one of our trailers outside and threw it through our side glass door, went straight to the office, and took money and stamps," Cranford said.
Cranford said he is fed up with petty criminals, and law enforcement officials are as well.
"A lot of them are just looking for anything that they can find that's quick. Going through desk drawers looking for petty cash, whatever they can find," said David Casper, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department.
At least six businesses on Timberland Drive have been hit in just the last month. The thieves take whatever they can find and leaving costly repairs in their wake.
Gary Vess, the owner of USA Transmission, said his customer's cars were ripped off and that makes it worse for him.
"Several cars had been gotten into. Batteries take out of them and radios," Vess said. "It was very uncomfortable. I mean I feel bad for the customers"
Cranford said he and other business owners think heavier punishments will keep their businesses safe.
"There are several burglars running around town right now," Cranford said. "Police are doing everything they can. It's time. They're going to have to start getting some stiffer sentences and be put in jail for a while and stop this."
This time, Cranford said about $1,500 in cash was stolen along with stamps. When it's all said and done, he's out about $2,500 after repairs.
"It's really frustrating. As hard as you work to keep a business going and try to make ends meet, you've got these guys going around that are just career criminals." Cranford said. "They won't keep in jail. They just continually come back around and steal from you."
Lufkin Police sid they believe the same person or group of people could be responsible for the recent Timberland Drive burglaries, and they're working hard to ID them and put them behind bars.
If you have any information about who might be responsible for these burglaries, call Lufkin Police. Law enforcement also advises that you report any suspicious persons you see or people you don't normally see in your area.