Health Department moves into new building

The Jackson County Department of Public Health has experienced two recent break-ins.

By Beth Lawrence

 

Jackson County Department of Public Health has been the victim of two break-ins within a three month span spurring county commissioners to take action.

The most recent break-in at the department, located on Medical Park Loop, was reported at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 3.

The break-in is the latest in a string of incidents targeting the agency at both the new and previous locations.

Jackson County commissioners are discussing options to upgrade current security measures, county Manager Don Adams said.

This time around, an unknown person or persons entered the building, ransacked the office and took assorted office equipment and office supplies, according to Major Shannon Queen of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Items taken include a printer and envelopes.

The value of stolen goods is approximately $500, according to the county.

Queen could not say exactly when the break-in occurred.

“It was last known secure on Sunday, so it happened sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning,” Queen said.

The ransacking does not appear to have done much permanent damage.

“It looks like they were going through and dumping stuff, kind of disruptive versus destructive,” Queen said. “They didn’t go through breaking windows and trashing things.”

Damage to the building is minor and is a result of the break in. Adams did not have a cost estimate for repairs.

The building has security cameras, but officials did not disclose whether the suspects were caught on any footage.

Another break-in was reported at the location in July. The perpetrator(s) entered the building and took $100 cash.

“There now have been two incidents in this building, one incident in the parking lot across the street where the county vehicles are parked and two incidents of vandalism, spray painting, at the old health department building where construction is occurring,” Adams said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 586-8901, Crime Stoppers at 631-1125 or email crimestoppers@jacksonnc.org.