Police Issue Warning in Wake of Burglaries

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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio -- A warning for people who live in several local communities as police try to solve a rash of home burglaries.

Over the past few months, someone has been breaking into homes in Rocky River and several surrounding cities.

"I think people are probably going to where they might find something good, and Rocky River is a great community with a lot of upper and middle class people with nice homes, so it kind of makes itself a target I suppose," said Rocky River resident Brooke Gallucci.

Police say the burglaries are happening all over town, and they believe some of them may be related.  The thieves are taking items such as cash, jewelry, electronics and flat screen televisions.

"I live in an apartment, thankfully, where you have to scan to get in, so not just anybody can come into my building, but I mean, who knows.  If somebody got into my building, they could try to get into my apartment or somebody else's apartment, try to take something.  It's the holidays," said Lakewood resident Linsay Ackerman.

Police remind residents to lock their doors and windows and report suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

Rocky River police say the burglars generally strike during the day when most people are at work.  They believe they knock on the door and if no one answers, they force their way through a window or door.

"What concerns me is they're breaking into locked homes, so cautious is the word, and as long as people keep a look out for each other, keep a look out for their neighbors, I'm sure that there will be a resolution," said Rocky River resident Beth Martin.

Investigators say on Wednesday, a woman came home while two people were trying to break into a home.  She saw the men leave in a dark tan SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Suburban with a temporary Ohio license plate.

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