Thief steals girl's piggy bank

FAYETTEVILLE The theft is part of a growing crime wave of home break-ins and burglaries in and around the Murchison Road area.

"I felt sad about how much I made and how much I lost and I lost everything," crime victim Brandy Williams said. The 9-year-old third grader is one of the city's youngest crime victims.

"You got some desperate folks out there that will break in and steal at any given opportunity," Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine said.

On Wednesday, Chief Bergamine, his officers and detectives met with residents to talk about how to prevent the crimes.

"We are generally working hard on some initiatives to keep repeat offenders in and the others," Bergamine said. "This is prevention education and community involvement."

Authorities are also recommending residents consider a community watch program in their area.

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