Three break-ins reported in Monticello

Monticello police are investigating three break-ins that occurred in the early hours of Nov. 16. Thieves forced their way into the Brown Bag Deli Restaurant, RoadRunner Lounge and China Star Restaurant and took cash.

Four similar burglaries took place in August, all in downtown Monticello. Patrolman Forest Clark said it was too early to tell if last week’s break-ins were connected to the August ones.

He advised businesses to “check your locks, make sure they are secure. Think about adding another lock, especially to rear doors."

Anyone with information on any of the break-ins is encouraged to call 9-1-1, the Monticello Police Department at 217-762-7727 or the Piatt County Sheriff’s Department at 217-762-7533.

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