Genoa’s chief of police believes his department is close to solving recent home burglaries.
The investigation continues into the nighttime break-ins which occurred about a month ago, said chief Bob Bratton. “I think we are close to solving one of them here soon,” he said Monday morning.
Bratton said thieves struck twice in a short period of time at a Main Street home. The other burglary happened at an apartment on Buckeye Street.
In both cases, the thieves focused on swiping as many electronics as possible, the chief said. The homes were not ransacked.
In recent weeks, the village also has encountered a vehicle break-in crime spree along Washington, 10th and 11th streets.
“We think this may have been a bunch of kids,” Bratton said about the thefts from the vehicles.
In these cases, thieves grabbed loose change, compact discs and other valuables left in cars.
There was no forced entry, however. All the vehicles were unlocked, Bratton said, adding there are persons of interest in the home burglaries and thefts from the vehicles.
He reminded residents to lock their vehicles and take valuables inside. Things were quiet the past week when temperatures dropped below freezing though.
“We had a warm spell there when the break-ins occurred but there’s been little activity since the weather’s changed,” the chief said.
But forecasters predict warmer temperatures in the 40s near week’s end that could stir new activity.
“We are just asking people to stay extra alert and to call us if they see anything suspicious,” Bratton said.
The Genoa Police Department telephone number is 419-855-8515.
Tax collections in the village came in just over $800,000 for 2011, a 5 percent jump over the previous year.
“It was one of the best years that we have had,” Fiscal Officer Chuck Brinkman said.
The taxes are derived from a number of income related sources, including withholding taxes from individuals and businesses.
Brinkman, who recently informed village council of the financial situation, attributed the increase to two factors: “I have been more aggressive (about collections) and there are a lot more people working. I don’t have the people like I did coming into the office to tell me that they can’t pay because they aren’t working.”
Council approved a temporary operating budget of $8.3 million for 2012 in late December. That budget will come under review in coming weeks as members prepare to pass the final budget. State law requires passage by March 31.
The village’s general fund, which provides funding for most of the daily operations, is $1.3 million.
Proposed projects include finishing the final phases of the northwest section sewer installation project, street repaving and possible funding for a Washington Street renovation.