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Rash of home break-ins in city

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Anyone with information on these cases should call Crown Point police sergeant Len Homola at 663-213, Ext. 124. The anonymous Crime Tip line is 663-2131, Ext. 265.

Updated: January 22, 2013 12:24PM



CROWN POINT — Police Chief Pete Land on Jan. 18 issued a community alert regarding a series of recent residential burglaries.

Land is asking citizens to be “extra vigilant” in watching out for suspicious people in residential areas.

According to Land, the Police Department has had four reports of home burglaries having the same pattern since Jan. 1.

All of the victims have had a back door forcibly opened and the all have had jewelry stolen. All of the crimes appear to be committed during the day, while the residents are at work.

The police have no leads as to who the crooks are or what if anything they are driving, Land said.

If you have seen more police patrolling your neighborhoods during the day this is why.

Land is asking that anyone who is home during the day be aware of their neighbors’ homes. Call the police if you see anyone you consider suspicious, either on a neighbor’s property or walking in the backyards of homes.

Crown Point detectives are working with other police departments to see if they have similar style of cases that might lead to a possible suspect or a vehicle description.

“Having four crimes of this type in a three-week time span is very atypical for our city,” Land said. “Knowing our citizens is of one our agency’s best assets. We wanted to make them aware of the pattern and ask for their help.”

The recent burglaries have been in the center area of town and one on the north end.

According to Sgt. Len Homola, there has been a burglary on the south end of town, near St. Anthony hospital. The homeowner apparently surprised the suspect or suspects.

“As the owner entered the residence a noise of breaking glass was heard and apparently the unknown suspect fled through a window,” said Homola.

He added, “K-9 unites did conduct a track which let a block over from the residence and ended at the street. The suspect(s) apparently had a vehicle there.”



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