LELAND -- Some business owners in Brunswick County are on edge today, after a strip mall in Leland was targeted by thieves. Eight businesses in all were broken in to. The thieves took some laptops, cameras and a little bit of cash. But the break-ins are a reminder for business owners to keep their property protected. Tina Sikes owns the Leland Copy Center, one of eight businesses targeted in the Leland strip mall. Investigators say the suspects broke in through the back doors, prying the locks open. One of the businesses in the strip mall was left untouched and Det. Foss with the Leland Police Department says it's because it had proper protection. Foss says with the holiday season quickly approaching, there are more people out there looking for some quick cash. Foss says one of the best ways to prevent a break in is with a deadbolt. Sikes says she's learned her lesson and is already preparing to protect her business for the future. Most of the items stolen were found this morning in an abandoned trailer behind the strip mall. If you have any information on who may be behind these break-ins call the Leland Police Department at 910-371-1100.
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