Pittsburgh police are investigating more than a dozen burglaries reported at apartments in Shadyside.
Officers said several of the burglaries have occurred in secured apartment buildings when the robber somehow was able to get into the locked building without force.
Investigators said once inside, the burglar(s) force their way into individual apartments using crowbars and steal small electronics, jewelry and cash.
In one case, officers said three apartments were robbed in the same building.
“Our actual doors were crowbarred open and there was a big hole in our door when we got home,” victim Mindy Cipriano said. “The worst part is knowing someone’s been in your room and bedroom going through your stuff.”
Cipriano said her apartment was robbed in broad daylight. Police said the burglars entered the building through the rear on Walnut Avenue, but it’s unclear if the door was left open or if a tenant mistakenly let them in.
Pittsburgh police Sgt. Kevin Gasiorowski said the thieves are targeting computer products, like Macbooks and other Apple products.
“They’re easier to sell on the street and easier to take,” Gasiorowski said.
Police urge people who live in Shadyside to make sure their windows and doors are locked. They also remind those who live in apartment buildings to only allow people they know inside.
Anyone with information on the burglaries should call Pittsburgh police at 412-323-7155.