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Updated: 6:39 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 | Posted: 11:46 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
WHITE OAK, Pa. —
Police in White Oak are investigating a series of home break-ins reported in the past several weeks.
Police Chief Lou Bender said six burglaries and one attempted burglary have been reported in the area since Sept. 11.
The break-ins were reported on Amherst, Glass and Summit streets, and Fawcett and Ohio avenues, Bender said.
“Some happened in the daytime, and some in the evening,” Bender said. “Usually the point of entry has been on the ground level -- doors and windows that have been left unlocked.”
According to Bender, jewelry, cash and a firearm are some of the items that victims reported stolen.
Investigators said at least two people have reported suspicious behavior.
“We’ve had some reports of two black males, ages between 16 and 22, that knock on doors. If someone answers, they would ask if they’ve seen a particular dog,” Bender said.
Residents who live in the usually quiet area said they’re surprised to hear about the burglaries.
"As far as the crime has been going, it seems relatively slow," neighbor Ryan Shoben said.
Bender said detectives were able to get fingerprints from one of the homes, and they’re hoping that will lead to an arrest before the situation gets more dangerous.
“That’s one of our main concerns. We don’t want them to enter a home that they think is empty, and turns out a resident is there and a confrontation occurs,” Bender said.
Anyone who notices suspicious behavior or who has information on the burglaries is asked to contact police.
Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.
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