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There have been two major business thefts in Clinton this month, and the ramifications of those thefts resemble the ripple effect left by a stone skipped across water.


Such thefts touch the business owners first, but the ripple can be felt near and wide, particularly in communities such as Clinton and Sampson County, where so many rely upon a business owners generosity to do everything from building educational and wellness facilities to providing school supplies for children and funding research for any number of diseases, including cancer.


Sessoms Jewelry was robbed early Sunday morning in crash-and-dash fashion as robbers smashed in the front glass door of the business, broke two cases and swiped thousands of dollars in merchandise. They were in and out of the store, law enforcement officers said, within 30 seconds.


A few weeks earlier, a similar incident occurred at Mike’s Hunt Shop on Northeast Boulevard when suspects, masked and gloved up much like those in the Sessoms theft, broke the lock on that business’ door, smashed in two cases and took thousands of dollars in weapons and ammunition. Again, the suspects were in and out within seconds.


While we are pretty sure those who actually committed the crimes don’t care who they hurt or how much, we sincerely believe others, who might know something about these cases or those responsible, would care about the far-reaching impact such thefts have, perhaps on those they love.


Gary Wayne Hall of Sessoms put it best when he said Monday that the “hefty heist” at his business had an impact far greater than most could imagine. “This really hurts everyone,” Hall said in an interview for the newspaper. “Because of something like this we simply won’t be able to contribute to all the things we’ve always enjoyed being a part of in this community. All the schools, civic clubs, the hospital, all the people we try to help, something like this sets you back and you aren’t able to do the things you enjoy and want to do to help others.”


The Halls have always been generous givers to this community, opening their hearts and their wallets to assist with countless fundraisings. Their dollars have helped the Relay for Life, the Shriners, countless school children in the city and the county, Fitness Renaissance, the Wellness Center, back-to-school events …. and the list could go on and on.


While we know the business owners will bounce back, as Hall assured they would, the pain inflicted by thugs unconcerned with taking something that doesn’t belong to them could very well be felt by your own family and friends in some way, making many victims of a senseless crime.


Police are busy running down leads and reviewing video in both cases, and officers are determined they will solve these crimes.


Those who might have information that can help law enforcement with both these cases are urged to do so. Coming forward could end the ripple and prevent someone else from becoming a victim as well. Officers do take anonymous tips. Call information in to 910-592-3105. Help if you can.


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