BATH TWP., Ohio – Police are warning local homeowners to be on alert after phone lines were cut by burglars who then gained entry into homes.
“We haven’t really established a pattern yet, but we have focused in on an area of our township where these are occurring,” said Chief Michael McNeely from the Bath Twp. Police Department.
Since early September, three homes near Crystal Lake have been broken into after the telephone wires outside were cut, which prevents the alarm system from alerting police.
Thousands of dollars in personal property has already been stolen and in one case, a car was even taken from the garage.
“It was surprising because we found it a mile away, so it appears they just loaded the stolen items into the car and drove it a mile to wherever their getaway car was,” said Chief McNeely.
The police are now asking residents, like Bill Butler, to be on alert.
“It happens everywhere. We’re not immune to it by any means, but it’s not really as bad as a lot of places,” said Butler.
Police are awaiting the testing results from DNA samples collected at the crime scenes, but there are no leads and no suspects.
“Our residents are the key to solving the burglaries, if they see something, call, we’ll respond and hopefully together we’ll make an apprehension,” said the chief.
In one close call, someone was asleep inside a home and heard something outside. According to the police, the suspect had just cut a phone line when the bumped the brick wall which made a loud noise. He managed to get away.
“This is very troubling,” said the chief. “A nice, safe community and these are some significant crimes we’d like to put a stop to with the public’s help.”
Police in neighboring communities are also investigating similar break-ins.
“Bath Township does have a big target on its back, that these are some very nice homes and people out here do very well,” said Butler. “I have two dogs and a gun in my house, you know? Good luck.”
Anyone with information is being asked to call Bath Twp. Police Department at (330) 666-3736.
The police also recommend homeowners protect themselves by adding a backup cellular communicator to their home security system which will continue to operate if the lines are cut.