Alton ammunition factory broken into again this month -

Alton ammunition factory broken into again this month

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

( -- Security has gotten tighter around a East Alton ammunition factory after multiple break-ins this month and the concern is centered on what could be taken.

The Olin Corporation’s property manufactures bullets for hunting rifles and for soldiers in the Middle East. The latest incident happened last weekend when East Alton Police said an intruder sneaked his way onto the property and cut a hole into a concrete wall of gun powder storage building.

“It’s alarming to police,” said Police Chief Dwynn Isringhausen, “We’re attempting to figure out how they did access this facility. This has high chain link fences and the brick building itself, a block building and they have security patrols.”

Isringhausen said he has been reassured by Olin officials that nothing was taken from the building. Olin told News 4 that they take security very seriously and they’re working with the police on finding out why and how these incidents happened.

Earlier this month, thieves hit another Olin building. The building serves as a training facility and thieves got away with an air conditioner which was likely sold for scrap.

“Olin is beefing up security and beefing up patrols,” Isringhausen continued, “making sure this doesn’t happen again. And we’re working with them in any way we can to make sure the facility is safe.”

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