Two stores burglarized this week

Two Ashland businesses located less than a half-mile apart were burglarized this week, but police don't think the incidents are related.

The Video Explorer, 320 Oak St., and Ashland Outdoor Store, 37 N. Third St., were burglarized between their closing and opening times, said Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness.

"The M.O.s (modi operandi or methods of operation) are significantly different, which means they're probably not related, but it's always possible," he said.

Police have no leads or suspects in either case, Holderness said.

Video Explorer employees reported Monday that a burglar had entered the business and stolen approximately $200 from the cash register.

Police believe the burglar entered through the front door. There was no sign of forced entry, so the door either was left unlocked or the burglar had a key, Holderness said.

On Tuesday morning, employees from the Outdoor Store called police to report that a burglar had smashed a window at the business and stolen several pairs of sunglasses.

Information on the value of the sunglasses was not immediately available Tuesday evening.

The two burglary cases are considerably different, he said.

"There's no relationship between going in through the front door and breaking a window, or between stealing sunglasses and going to a register where there's likely to be money," he said.

Last year, Ashland police received 26 reports of burglaries and closed six of the cases, Holderness said.

"Even two (burglaries) a month is not a large amount for a city of this size," he said.

Anyone with information about either burglary case is asked to call the Ashland Police Department at 541-482-5211.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 541-482-3456 ext. 226 or

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