Linaras, 15th day of Reapember, 432 AC
After Darkwatch Hour falling 22
City Guard Reports Sudden Increase of Break-Ins
by Tauren Kai-Jere, Staff Writer
Palanthas - More than 20 attempted break-ins and burglaries of the homes and businesses of prestigious Palanthas citizens have been reported in the last week, said a spokesman for the City Guard.
The City Guard has reported 23 robberies of private homes and businesses since last Palast. This is 20 more robberies then were reported this week last year, according to the 40 SC Palanthas City Guard Crime Report.
"This is outrageous," said Senator William uth Pinkine. "A man should feel safe in his own home, yet both of my neighbors have been robbed in just two days time. Not even the poorest gully dwarf community suffers this kind of indignity daily. This crime wave must end."
While unwilling to categorize the rash of burglaries as a crime wave just yet, the City Guard is investigating the possibility that the crimes may be linked, said Captain Richard uth Koeckert of the City Guard.
"We haven't ruled this out. All of the crimes committed would appear to have been committed by professionals – they haven't left much evidence behind. Magic may have been used in some instances. Rest assured though, we are following up on all the leads we have," Koeckert said.
The City Guard is collaborating with the Solamnic knighthood to increase patrols in the burglarized neighborhoods, hoping to increase chances of catching a burglar in the act.
"We cannot explain this sudden spike in criminal activity, but rest assured that we have made capturing the perpetrators our top priority," said Sir Lotrian Tallbranch, Knight of the Rose.
A number of the victims are offering rewards ranging from 100 to 1,000 steel pieces for information that leads to the capture of any of the thieves or the recovery of any stolen property. Interested parties may send their tips or inquiries via page to City Guard headquarters.
The various victims losses total approximately 123, 000 steel pieces.