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Grandview burglars strike during Wilbur-Ellis fire

GRANDVIEW - While Grandview law enforcement was busy helping with traffic control and evacuation efforts during last week's chemical fire at the Wilbur-Ellis plant, Grandview criminals were busy as well

Burglars reportedly hit a downtown beauty salon, a private residence and a vacant rental property, according to the Grandview police log.

The owner of Elegance Beauty Salon in the 300 block of West Second Street reports that an undetermined amount of salon products was missing Thursday morning. Meanwhile, property owners in the 200 block of East Second Street reported that someone had broken into a vacant rental property.

Police also received a report this past Friday morning that jewelry had been taken from a private residence in the 300 block of Forrest Road, said Det. Mitch Fairchild of the Grandview Police Department.

"The burglaries all took place while we were busy dealing with the community evacuation process," he said.

In a non-related incident, several youths were seen stealing a 1989 Toyota Corolla early Saturday morning. The youths, who apparently were taking it for a joy ride, were pursued by Grandview police officers

The would-be car thieves abandoned the car near the gravel pits on Gray Road before fleeing on foot.

"Our officers never got a good visual on the youths," said Fairchild.

The car, which was stolen from the Grandridge area, was not damaged in the pursuit.

Fairchild said all four cases are now under investigation, although there are no suspects in the burglaries or thefts at this time.

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