He said that morning, an “actor” is believed to have entered or attempted to enter four businesses at Silver Alley and West Tyler St. (Hwy. 154 W.) at the southwest corner of the downtown square.
In the early morning hours of that date, an unknown actor entered the rear doors of two businesses located in the 100 block of West Tyler St.
The actor caused a felony amount of damage to the interior of one of the businesses, and then he/she attempted to gain entry into a third business on Tyler Street by unsuccessfully prying the rear door, Lt. Case said.
A fourth business located in Silver Alley was also damaged when the actor attempted to make entry through a window.
One item of property has been discovered missing at this point in the investigation and no suspects have been identified.
However, Gilmer Police have captured surveillance footage of what appears to be a white male riding a bicycle East on Harrison St. at about 2 a.m. on July 12, 2013.
The actor is carrying a back pack and is traveling in the direction of Silver Alley, which leads to the rear of the burglarized buildings on West Tyler St.
“The person featured in the surveillance video is a person of interest in this case,” Lt. Case said.
Gilmer Police are requesting any information regarding the person’s identity, which can be reported to the Upshur County Crime Stoppers Hotline at 903-843- 3131 or via Internet at www.upshurcounty.crimestoppersweb.com.
You need not give your name, only your information.
Lt. Case said that most of the damage was from vandalism, but the crimes are being classed as burglaries and are felonies.
“He caused a great deal of damage to one building,” the lieutenant said.
The photograph of the “person of interest” is reproduced here, courtesy of the Gilmer Police Dept.