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2 downtown businesses burglarized

Two Atmore businesses were burglarized within hours of each other earlier this morning, according to an Atmore Police Department press release.

Chief Chuck Brooks said the first burglary occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m.

“An officer with the Atmore Police Department was on patrol on North Main Street when he heard an audible alarm going off at one of the businesses,” Brooks said. “The officer quickly learned the alarm was coming from Earle’s Jewelers.”

Brooks said the patrol officer noticed the front door of the jewelry store had been damaged.

“Officers entered the building, but did not find anyone inside,” he said. “Minutes later, the store owner arrived on scene and verified that some jewelry items were missing.”

The second burglary occurred at approximately 9 a.m., when the APD was called to Marty’s Furniture on Howard Street in response to a burglary complaint.

“Officers were told the suspect made entry into the building and damaged the alarm control panel,” Brooks said. “No furniture items were taken.”

Both burglaries are under investigation by the APD.