MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Several businesses in Midtown Mobile say they’ve been broken into the past few months.
Just this month, four in Midtown have been broken into, which is causing many business owners to be on high alert.
Shelley Ingersoll owns Innova Arts in Midtown Mobile.
“I build everything by hand from raw material. Sheet or wire,” said Ingersoll.
She makes and showcases her own jewelry, as well as local hand-made items from several other vendors.
“One of the other things I thought was ‘oh my goodness’ how many other people’s things have been stolen or damaged, how are they going to feel,” said Ingersoll.
It was a shock when she got a call early in the morning on Valentine’s Day that her shop was broken into.
“They took a piece of broken sidewalk from out front and used it to smash the window,” said Ingersoll.
It was caught on camera. You can see at least two people walking around the outside of her store. The door was broken and the suspects got away with about $1500 worth of one of her students’ handmade jewelry, also worth multiple hours of hard work.
“I would figure at least an hour per piece,” said Ingersoll.
Her business isn’t the only one that’s been hit.
Since August 2018, six businesses have had break-ins: Old Dutch Ice Cream, Chaleur Method Brew + Espresso, John Cauley Jewelry, Innova Arts, Aroy Thai, and Butch Cassidy’s Cafe.
“He was in and out in 59 seconds, and he got nothing of value,” said John Cauley, owner of John Cauley jewelry.
Cauley’s break-in was also caught on camera. While nothing of value was taken, it still caused a lot of damage. “The front door had been busted out with a sledgehammer,” said Causey.
Even though the damage to the businesses could have been worse, Ingersoll says there’s still an emotional toll.
“It is a concern with local business, taking a hit like this. At the end of the day, it cost us a lot more than it would a large corporation,” said Ingersoll.
The owners News 5 spoke with says they are hoping all the businesses can work together with police to combat the crimes. Some believe the crimes are connected, Mobile Police have not said they are.