Local law enforcement agencies are investigating reports of a string of break-ins at businesses in Purcellville, Hamilton and Leesburg early Monday, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said they are working to determine if the cases are related.
The Purcellville Police Department responded to the 600 block of E. Main Street shortly after 4 a.m. Monday for a burglary at the Purcellville Pharmacy. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Virginia State Police also responded to the area.
While an investigation was conducted at the scene, it was discovered that a second business in the area — Purcellville Cleaners — was forcibly entered as well.
According to a statement from Purcellville Town Councilman Joel Grewe, by the time PPD officers arrived, the perpetrator or perpetrators had already broken into the pharmacy, stolen items and similarly burglarized Purcellville Cleaners several doors down before fleeing.
Officials did not disclose what was stolen from either business.
Both Purcellville Pharmacy and Purcellville Cleaners are located in the Purcellville Center shopping center, which is in the 600 block of Main St.
Around 5 a.m., an employee of the Hamilton C Store, located in the 38900 block of E. Colonial Highway in Hamilton, reported hearing the stores alarm activate. The employee discovered the store had been forcibly entered and a cash register had been taken. The incident was reported to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office shortly before 5:30 a.m.
In all three cases glass doors were damaged to gain entry. In some of the cases cash was taken.
Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Leesburg Police Department to determine if a similar burglary in the Town of Leesburg at For Goodness Sake at 108 South Street, SE, is connected to the burglaries in Purcellville and Hamilton.
In Leesburg, responders found the front glass door of the business had been shattered by an unknown subject or subjects, who reportedly stole a small amount of cash and disturbed several items.
The LCSO is assisting the LPD and the PPD with their respective investigations.
Anyone with information about the For Goodness Sake break-in is asked to contact LPD Detective M. Kadric at 703-771-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Witnesses can also submit information to the LPD anonymously by calling 703-443-8477, or by texting 274637 and beginning the message with "LPDTIP."
If anyone has any information regarding these cases, contact Detective J. Carpenter at 703-777-1021.