According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident reports, at 2:34 a.m. Thursday officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm at Red Barn Grocery, 1348 Cassville Road in Cartersville.
Someone tampered with the lock on the front door to gain entry to the store, but police found no suspects inside. The incident began about 2:20 a.m.
In addition to merchandise valued at $420, more than $350 in cash was taken.
About 4:30 a.m., a local restaurant owner notified police his establishment was hit by burglars.
The suspects forced entry through the front door of Wesman's at 3165 Highway 411 in White. The cash drawer, containing $25 in change was taken, and the cost to repair damages is estimated at $325.
Fake letter targets elderly man
An 88-year-old Cartersville man received a letter in the mail claiming he had won the lottery. Enclosed was a fake check, but a phone call prevented the victim from actually being defrauded.
According to the BCSO incident report, the letter from Gateway Financial Group notified the victim he had won a $190,000 lottery, but would need to cash a $3,860 check purported to be drawn on a Primerica Life Company account. The victim was then to send Gateway a check for $2,900 for alleged taxes.
The victim's family member contacted Primerica, and a worker said the letter was a scam and has been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A man who said he represented Gateway told the victim's son-in-law to send a personal check after cashing the fake check.