The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of petty cash from the Unity Barn Raiser’s building after two back-to-back break-ins.

Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said the first theft was reported Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 10:22 a.m. when an employee discovered about $100 in cash was taken from the office.

In the process of searching through the office, Trafton said the suspect knocked over and broke a Dell computer monitor.

Trafton said the burglar was able to gain entry through a locked door, but he did not know the extent of any damage to the door.

No other items were reported stolen other than the cash during the first break-in, Trafton said.

The sheriff’s office received a call at 12:08 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, after employees again discovered the building had been broken into. Trafton said the suspect entered through the same door as during the previous theft but did not take anything.

Police are following up with a few persons of interest who have warrants and known drug issues in Unity, but officers don’t have any physical evidence at this time to tie the theft to those individuals, Trafton said.

As a precaution, Trafton recommended that businesses and organizations not leave cash in their buildings. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 338-2040.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at