I've really debated whether or not to post this, but maybe through this post I'll help out another small business owner. Last Wednesday around 4 am, some criminals went through our cellar at Monkee's and broke in through the floor boards. Because they came through the floor, no alarms went off alerting the police. The police officer who came to investigate the next morning told us this is happening nightly right now all over Lexington and to be prepared that it would most likely happen again. We triple locked the cellar, boarded up the floor boards and added multiple cameras--even signed a new contract for a very amped up security system just yesterday! AND YET early this morning, we were broken into again! This time the criminals threw bricks through my back door and one of my windows. Again, the officer who was dispatched told us this is happening multiple times a night, all over our city. You see, the issue is that these criminals are not being put in jail right now due to COVID19 because burglary is a non-violent crime. So not only have non-essential businesses been closed for 7 weeks, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue, business owners all over the city are losing more money because we want to keep the criminals healthy... Oh the irony in all of this. The interesting thing is that these burglaries are not being covered by the media, so more businesses continue to get hit every night. If you've been affected or know someone who has, please let me know so we can work together! Also, if you know someone who can help us STOP THESE CRIMINALS, please share!

Posted by Sarah Schwartz Woodworth on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

A disturbing video comes out of Lexington, Kentucky, where criminals repeatedly hit a local business, stealing money and merchandise. Even more disturbingly, police allegedly told the business owner “it is happening all over Lexington multiple times a night.”

Kentucky Business Owner Suffers Repeated Burglaries

We’ve already seen much written on the current state of law enforcement. The COVID-19 pandemic forced restrictions and regulations on policing not commonly encountered. From social distancing requirements to prison releases, law enforcement across the country face great challenges. Now more than ever, personal security and safety falls on the individual citizen.

Case in point, back to Lexington, where local retailer “Monkee’s of Lexington” suffered two break-ins over the course of six days. After the first break-in, the business spent money and installed a security system. The system only recorded another burglary a few days later.

“After the first break-in, we put triple locks on the cellar door [and] we bought multiple new cameras connected through Nest, so we got the notifications if something happened,” owner Sarah Woodworth told lex18.com. “And we also signed a contract with a new security system, getting a big fancy-dancy top-of-the-line, every bell, and whistle you can get. Signed that on Monday, and on Tuesday, I was heading over to my store in Louisville, when with my manager, when my husband texted her and said, they broke in again.”

In both instances, the business reported merchandise, cash and technology stolen. Obviously, criminals break into businesses. And sometimes burglaries happen in rapid succession even. But rarely does law enforcement so openly provide such a dim prediction for the future.

Law Enforcement Response

“The biggest thing they said that I heard was this is happening all over Lexington multiple times a night right now. And you know they’re there, they’re working to find these people, but after they’re arrested, they’re not being put in jail currently. So they’re being released immediately to go back and do this again,” said Woodworth, reported lex18.com. “And the officer that came last week the first time said to us, be prepared. This will happen again. And you know, again, we kind of thought it might happen again. But we didn’t think it would happen six days later.”

Meanwhile, all criminals committing “non-sexual/non-violent” misdemeanors and felonies in Kentucky will continue getting released on their own recognizance, according to lex18.com. Though the order mandates said criminals don’t pose a “high risk for new criminal activity,” reality seems to suggest otherwise. And while criminals go free, local businesses deem non-essential remain shuddered by order of the governor.

“I mean, kick a girl while she’s down,” Woodworth told lex18.com. “We’ve gone almost eight weeks now with no revenue. We’re law-abiding citizens, that’s listening to our governor say you cannot open your business. But for [those who] are breaking the law, multiple times, and will not see any repercussion for this … so, it is, it’s very frustrating.”

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