On May 10, Cherokee County authorities responded to the Shooks Bluff Hunting Club on Farm-to-Market Road 1247. Once on scene, the sheriff’s deputy was met by several members of the hunting club, who discovered the lock on the gate was changed. When they checked the camp site, they found that nine campers and two cabins were broken into sometime between May 5 and May 10. Each unit was forcefully entered and rummaged through.
Among the items stolen were common camping, hunting, fishing and assorted outdoor equipment, various types of ammunition, clothing, and canned food items, electronics such as hand held two-way radios, TVs, radios, DVD players, satellite TV receiver boxes and appliances. The total combined loss due to damage and theft is estimated at more than $15,000.
The second burglary occurred at a residence on Farm-to-Market Road 747 North, just off U.S. Highway 79, west of Jacksonville. The owner returned to find their door forced open and the house ransacked. At this location the burglars also stole electronics, including a flat screen TV and a computer.
All of these burglaries appear to be similar and occurred between 4 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday. Only electronic items were taken; entry was gained by forcing open the back door; and the burglars would exit through the broken back door and leave them standing wide open.
Anyone with information on these or any other crimes in Cherokee County is encouraged to call 866-586-7878. Callers may be anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.