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BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting for business owners to discuss the recent string of break-ins at downtown businesses.

"I had three window panes broken, but all I lost was two comforter sets. The alarm went off every time. The police were here before I was and we were very lucky," said Hubbard & Hoke Furniture manager George Hubbard.

Hubbard said the meeting was productive. 

"We're getting good communication from our police department and we're getting better coverage down there and we wanted to make sure everybody realized that. Another thing we talked about was possibly cameras downtown."

In addition to help from police, Chamber Executive Director Liz Smith said they discussed what business owners can do. "I think it was also valuable for them to assess their own security measures."

Hubbard said the extra coverage from police has already helped and business owners are already working together to protect themselves.  

"Several of the merchants got together and donated funds. We put up a $1,000 reward for anybody who has information that will help us catch whoever it is that's doing this."

The Chamber will host another meeting this week for business owners to meet with police.

Call (870) 762-2012 for more information.

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