By Jack Gurner
COFFEEVILLE – The investigation continues into a pair of break-ins at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose building that occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday and Tuesday of last week.
Thieves broke several door handles to gain entrance to the Yalobusha County Extension Service offices, said Coffeeville Police Chief Mark Martin. “They got five computers and monitors.”
Extension Service Director Steve Cummings said that most of the computer files were backed up at Mississippi State University. “But, it set me back about three days,” he commented on the time required for the investigation and dealing with security of the building.
By the end of last week most of the building’s doors were secured with deadbolt locks and other measures have been taken to increase security, according to Martin and Cummings.
For April Kilpatrick, office associate for the Extension Service, the thefts were more personal. “I lost my school work for close to two years,” she said.
Kilpatrick is taking graduate courses in Agricultural Information Science through Mississippi State and most of the work was on her office computer.
“It was a heartbreaker,” she said.
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