Someone broke into City Hall in Commerce over the weekend and the city has offered a $1,000 reward to find out who it was.
Police chief John Gaissert said the city’s custodial service discovered the break-in on Sunday afternoon.
“There was forced entry into City Hall through a basement door and subsequently pry marks where they tried to get into the door leading upstairs,” Gaissert said. “They were not successful.”
But the perpetrator or perpetrators went outside and broke in through a window before opening file cabinets and drawers. It was unclear on Monday whether anything was missing.
The incident report indicated that the thief or thieves entered the office of city manager Pete Pyrzenski and went through the files on his desk. The report also noted several unlocked windows at City Hall.
“We have not established a clear motive for the intrusion at this point,” Gaissert said. “You have, at the least, the potential that personal information could have been accessed, however we have no reason to believe at this juncture that any information was accessed.
“There is no indication that would have been the motive,” Gaissert cautioned, “but the prudent course of action is to just be aware of their credit.”
For the full story and for reports on all incidents and arrests reported during the past week by city police, see the print edition of The Commerce News.