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Safe stolen from VFW in Hillsville

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A somewhat bumpy flea market for the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 was capped off by a theft of some of its proceeds, authorities are reporting.

Officers from the Hillsville Police Department spent considerable time at the VFW post Tuesday investigating a break-in that occurred the night of Sept. 7, according to a press release from the police department.

"Unknown persons entered the VFW through a window and broke into the VFW office," a police press release said. "The suspects then rolled the safe out of the office and through a side door, loaded it onto a truck or trailer and fled the area."

The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash that was inside the safe. VFW officials told police it was not the entire amount of money taken in by the post during the four-day gun show and flea market.

The post is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.

VFW Commander Bill Davis said post members had to handle several other situations during the course of the flea market.

They caught a woman who was shoplifting and turned her over to the police, he said. A vendor was walking around selling guns out of a car, and they stopped that.

Post members had to get in the middle of a domestic dispute that happened on the VFW property.

"Come in this morning and found we had a visitor, uninvited," Davis said of the burglary.

He did not feel comfortable talking about the crime, leaving that to the Hillsville police's press release, nor did Davis want to discuss what effect the theft from the VFW's largest fund raising activity might have on the post.

Davis did not yet have an attendance tally for the flea market.

Sometimes post commanders have years that go smoothly and sometimes they're kind of rough. "Mine appears to have started out kind of rough," he said.