Rocky River police warn residents to be extra cautious after break-ins

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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio-- Rocky River police are warning residents to be extra cautious about safety and security after a series of break-ins happened in one night.

It appears that thieves “ran wild” from house to house looking for cars and homes to burglarize on Riverview Ave. late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

Numerous cars were rifled through with at least one vehicle stolen from the driveway outside of a home that was also ransacked.

The family asked not to be identified, but the female homeowner told Fox 8 News that their property was secured when they went to bed except for a window that was cracked open using a “burglar proof locking system” that prevented the window from being raised beyond one and a half inches.

“It was supposed to be secure,” said the female homeowner. "We woke up in the morning and the car was gone, laptops, my purse and some other items were taken.”

It’s unclear how the thieves gained access through the small, slightly opened window which barely allows an arm to pass through it, but the homeowner said,  “Obviously it was someone professional.”

The thefts are the latest in a series of break-ins and burglaries targeting west side suburbs including Bay Village, Westlake, Avon and Avon Lake that started this summer.

Also, just last week, a handful of cars were stolen in Avon Lake leading to a police chase and prompting officers to warn residents to be on the lookout for anything unusual and to lock up their homes and cars.

Neighbors on Riverview say they have already taken a number of steps to make their street safer from replacing loose locks on doors to adding extra lighting around homes.

“We’re teaming up to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” said the woman.