Antique shop owner says burglars are targeting Roanoke Valley stores


SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Police in Salem are investigating after an antique store was broken into and the owner of that store believes he wasn’t the only one hit.

It happened last Thursday at the Railside Antiques store and the owner Dustin Clark says nearly $3,000 worth of money and merchandise was taken.

He says there’s been a string of antique store break-ins around the area and now he wants to warn people to be on the lookout.

“You hear about this stuff just going on around certain areas or different states, but to actually have it happen here and to myself was a little unreal,” said Clark.

Clark says when he went to open the store last Thursday he got a surprise he wasn’t expecting.

“I pulled up to the store, saw that our side window had been broken,” Clark said.

He discovered that antique coins and paper bills had been taken from one of his display cases. Along with money being stolen from the register.

There was also significant damage to his business. Other than the smashed window, he says his security system was damaged. He says all the repairs are going to cost.

“For businesses, small businesses like ours, this will take years to recover from,” Clark said.

Clark says the owner of Harris Hall of Antiques in Troutville reached out to him to warn him that he and another antique store in Roanoke had been burglarized.

“So we were already on kind of alert that some stuff was going on, but you really don’t think it’s going to happen to you, you just think it’s random and then literally within a week later we were robbed,” Clark said.

The owner of Harris Hall of Antiques says that they were broken into and the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

WFXR News has reached out to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office and Roanoke City Police to confirm the burglaries and see if they believe they are related.

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