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Trouble in Tripoli

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TRIPOLI (KWWL) -- Vandals have struck several businesses and even the school in one eastern Iowa town. For the past month the community of Tripoli has dealt with a sudden increase of break-ins and robberies.

During the past month authorities say they've dealt with six break-in's.

"We've had the city library, the pool, the school, trucking company here in town, and Panther Lanes the bowling alley. They are the only ones I've had reported to me for the month of October," said Police Chief Mike Johnson.

The Tripoli High School and Middle School have been hit several times. The vandals poured paint on the track and broke into the school and spray painted lockers.

Superintendent Troy Heller says his students have a lot of pride in the school and when they were told about the damage they were shocked and wanted to make a difference.

"When I had that assembly and told them what happened and what has been happening we had many leads that came to my office door on that day that helped out tremendously to find out the person we believe was part of this," said Heller.

The Tripoli Police Department has been investigating each one of the break-ins and has been passing on safety tips to area businesses.

"I know in a small town you tend to get relaxed as far as your security goes and I'm them encouraging to put any crash, if you can't make an over night deposit, to put it in a safe and keep it locked up. Hopefully that will deter and stop them and minimize the damage," said Johnson.

Police say those who are committing these burglaries know the businesses they are stealing from, because they know exactly where to find the cash.

If you have any information regarding these crimes you are asked to call the Tripoli Police Department.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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