On Thursday, a second suspect turned himself in on an unrelated charge. With a warrant in hand from the Prosecutor’s Office, Deputies arrested Thomas Jesse Brown, 37, of Clinton County, without incident. Brown is facing charges of Burglary, a level 4 felony and Theft, a level 6 felony. He is currently being held on an $18,000 bond.
On Tuesday, Deputies from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residential burglary in progress in the northern part of the county. Upon arrival deputies located 36 year old Stephanie Hole of Clinton County unlawfully on the property. Hole who was taken into custody and initially charged Burglary and Theft of a Vehicle. Deputies recovered an off road vehicle and other stolen items at another location. The investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending.
As the temperatures start to rise, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office is seeing a rise in residential burglaries. The Sheriff’s Office recommends the following burglary prevention tips to help make you and your family safer and also deter potential burglars:
- Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
- Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, utilize automatic timers to turn lights on in the evening and off during the day.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked.
- Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
- Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
- Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
- Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
- Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.
- Use a neighbor’s phone to call police.
- Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
- Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
- Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
The most important thing you can do is call the Sheriff’s Office to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain anonymous!