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Valley Station businesses hit with string of thefts, vandalism

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Business owners in Valley Station say they've been hit by a rash of break-ins and vandalism.

Jamaica Me Beautiful Hair Salon and Valley Dairy Freeze are just across the street from each other.

Managers of both businesses believe a group of teens vandalized their properties in the early morning hours of April 3.

"He kicked the door in, it flew back and hit the wall, cracked the wall," said Karen Neuling, owner of Jamaica Me Beautiful and Jungl-E-Juice on Valley Station Road.

"I've worked here seven years and this is the first time I've ever came into work and this has happened," Jodie Wilson, manager at Valley Dairy Freeze, told WDRB.

Surveillance video from Jungl-E-Juice shows someone breaking in and stealing items from the display counter.

"From what we can see on the camera, there was four of them outside. Only one of them inside. We've got him entering, him taking some things and then we see the other three take off running when they heard the alarm," said Neuling.

Neuling says it took the thief only a few seconds to steal hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise.

"Probably what he got was a little over $300," said Neuling.

Neuling says the store's security system informed her of the robbery as it was happening, but it was too late to do anything.

"We have seven surveillance cameras. We've had them since we opened four years ago," she said.

That same morning was when Jodie Wilson noticed vandalism at the Valley Dairy Freeze.

"I got here in the morning and tables were flipped and concrete benches were broke," said Wilson.

Although Wilson says they didn't get away with anything, repairing the damages will cost the business.

"We estimate it's probably going to be about $150 per seat and then the sign will be about $300. That's a lot for a small business."

The businesses have both filed police reports and have taken to Facebook to see if anyone can help find who's responsible.

Others near Valley Station posted saying they've also been recent victims of theft.

An LMPD crime map shows several robberies and break-ins in that area within the last few months.

Neuling believes the problem is growing worse.

"Actually, Mr. Gatti's right over here, the windows now are busted out. There's a lot of things in a short period of time that's been happening throughout this area," she told WDRB.

Police are investigating but if you think you recognize the person in the surveillance video, you're asked to call 574-LMPD.

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