The last thing residents living near the Shoppes at Northway in Ross Township wanted to hear was that there was a fifth burglary sometime Thursday, in the same vicinity as four previous break-ins more than a week ago.
It happened in a home on Sunderland Road, less than a mile from the four earlier burglaries. It's not clear what was taken.
However, Ross police say the fifth break-in was different.
"There are significant differences with this recent burglary on Sunderland." said Detective Brian Kohlhepp. "This appears to be more of an isolated incident, and I would be surprised if it was related to the other burglaries."
The series of break-ins began on Oct. 17 in a home on Babcock Boulevard. Three others followed:
- Oct. 20: Pinewood Terrace
- Oct. 23: Marie Drive off of Brown's Lane.
- Oct. 24: Swann Drive off of Babcock Blvd.
See the map underneath the photo box for the locations of these streets.
All four burglaries had three things in common:
- Entry was made by forcing rear doors or windows open.
- The burglar(s) appear to be looking for jewelry.
- All occurred between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Even though they don't think the most recent break-in is related to the previous four, police will be very visible in those neighborhoods.
"Even though it has been over a week since the recent rash we are continuing increased patrols in that as well as our other neighborhoods," said Kohlhepp. "In addition, we continue to work with bordering municipalities who have also experienced similar incidents."
Kohlhepp urges all residents to remain vigilant.
- Report any suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood.
- Look for people in the rear or side yards of homes, or knocking on any door of a house for no obvious reason.
- Keep homes locked and jewelry secured, or at the very least, out of sight.
- Call 9-1-1 immediately if you see anything suspicious.