Dickinson residents warned about break-ins

February 25, 2009 3:40:28 PM PST
Make sure your doors and windows are locked when you go to bed. That's what residents in Dickinson are being urged to do after a recent rash of home break-ins happening while people are asleep.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Even the most seasoned detectives who have been on the force for years said they can't remember the last time they've dealt with so many burglaries like they've seen in the last two weeks. Ten home burglaries reported in all, two as recently as Monday morning.

There is no particular pattern as far as neighborhoods or subdivisions are concerned, but police believe it's the same person or persons responsible based on the MO. The suspects usually enter a home between 2am and 6am while the homeowners are asleep. They gain entry through an unlocked door or window. They are not forcing their way into the homes.

Dickinson Police said they usually take whatever they can get their hands on and they are not spending a lot of time inside the homes.

"The things that are taken are probably going to be easily traded on the streets or turned over for money. Things such as laptops and small electronic items that are easily moved for money. Whether it has to do with the economy right now, we don't know ," said Detective Tim Cromie of the Dickinson Police Department.

Residents are concerned as well.

"It just makes us all be more aware and not relaxing in our own homes even as we are now ," said homeowner Tim Andrews.

There is no description of the intruder or intruders because there haven't been any confrontations. That's the concern for police. They're worried that a confrontation between an intruder and a homeowner could perhaps escalate into violence.

Police are asking people to be vigilant and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious. They are also asking residents to lock their doors and windows, and to turn on porch lights.

If you have any information about these home burglaries, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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