Ripley Library break-in under investigation

By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY—The Ripley Public Library was broken into over the weekend, and a small amount of folding money and loose change taken, Ripley Librarian Sheila Lence said this week.

Nothing else appears to have been taken.

No arrests had been made in the case Monday afternoon. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ripley Police at 837-2215 or Crime Stoppers Tips Line: 1-800-773-TIPS (8477) or Administrative Line: 662-841-6581.

Mrs. Lence said a sheet of glass in a back door was broken out to gain entrance sometime after the library closed Saturday afternoon. She discovered the burglary Sunday afternoon.

“We had a cigar box nailed inside a circulation desk drawer to keep the box from shifting. The nails were still there but the box was gone,” she said.

Whoever broke in cleaned up before leaving; no broken glass was found, Mrs. Lence said.

She credited Ripley police for a quick response. “I called the police immediately. They were wonderful, and quick to get here,” she said.

She said the library has been broken into previously, but not recently.