SAGAMORE HILLS, Ohio — A knock at the door often signals the arrival of company, a package or perhaps even opportunity, but police in Sagamore Hills warn it may be a sign of trouble.
They’ve put the community on alert after seven burglaries were recently reported.
Police believe the thieves are watching for empty houses and then striking in the early evening, before residents get home from work.
It’s possible they are also going door to door.
Detectives said a female may approach a home and knock, then implement one of several strategies if someone answers.
She may pretend to solicit for the “Family Mission,” say she has the wrong address or simply run away.
There is likely someone nearby who is assisting her.
Three burglaries have taken place in the 1100 block of Millstone Drive.
There has been one burglary each in the 700 block of Spafford Oval, the 400 block of Dartmouth Trail, the 300 block of Troubadour and in the 500 block of Houghton.
In all of the burglaries, the front door was forced open. Small items were taken, mostly cash and jewelry.
A notice to residents signed by Sagamore Hills Police Chief David E. Hayes states, “Please pay attention to ANYBODY knocking at your door after dark, and call 911 immediately. Also please call 911 if you observe ANYBODY sitting on the street in a vehicle. We will solve these crimes but need to have your cooperation.”
The Sagamore Hills Police Department may also be reached at (330) 468-0900.