Richland County Sheriff Darrell Berglin said his department is continuing to investigate a series of daytime burglaries which have occurred in Richland County in recent weeks. Berglin said that his deputies are working in cooperation with deputies in Vernon County and Sauk County who are also investigating multiple daytime burglaries occurring in their jurisdictions.
Berglin said that he believes the first of the daytime burglaries currently being investigated was received on July 25 in the Ithaca area and authorities believe this burglary is linked to burglaries in western Sauk County. The sheriff said that an additional burglary in the Ithaca area was then reported and since that time suspicious activity calls and daytime burglary calls have spread to the Campbell Hill and County BR area as well as the Viola area. In addition, the sheriff said that Vernon County sheriff’s deputies are investigating daytime break-ins that have occurred in Vernon County near Yuba near and the Richland-Vernon County line.
Berglin said his deputies are actively pursuing leads in the cases and building cases to bring anyone involved to justice. The sheriff said that local citizens should remain vigilant of suspicious activity and suspicious vehicles in their area and report their suspicions to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at 647-2106 or Richland Area Crime Stoppers at 647-CLUE (647-2583). Callers who call the crime stopper tip line may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. The sheriff adds that if a citizens suspects a “burglary is in progress” citizens should dial 911 and report this information.
“I know that many of the suburban counties around the state and the counties around us have experienced these types of daytime burglary calls in bunches however this is the first time I have seen this in Richland County-and I have been working here since 1976,” Berglin said. “If citizens stay vigilant and we continue to work the cases and build the cases like we should, I am fully confident that anyone and everyone who is responsible for these crimes will be brought to justice.
Sheriff Berglin said that one of the most difficult tasks he has as Sheriff is talking with victims of crime who are looking for swift justice knowing that it will take time to do the follow-up investigation necessary to build a case that leads to a successful prosecution. The people who commit these types of crimes don’t care about anyone but themselves and the stress they cause to victims is very hurtful. That is why we move forward very carefully building a good case so that someday our victims will get their justice.