HAMILTON, Ohio - A string of home burglaries have hit the city of Hamilton, as well as Fairfield Township.
Hamilton Police Sgt. Michael Waldeck said the burglaries took place within the past several months, and that he believes they are related.
The burglaries took place between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. in different neighborhoods around Hamilton, where the suspect(s) entered an unlocked window or unlocked door. The most recent burglary occurred Saturday in a neighborhood near State Route 129 and Hampshire.
Police say there have been a couple of burglaries in Fairfield Township, on the Hamilton border.
But of the 15 reported burglaries, the majority have been spread throughout the city of Hamilton. Police say the burglar's method of operation is an easy target.
"They're not breaking windows. They're not breaking in forcibly," said Sgt. Michael Waldeck with Hamilton police.
"They're entering through unlocked windows and doors."
Purses, wallets and small electronics were taken during the burglaries.
Sgt. Waldeck warns residents to double check that their windows and doors are locked at night because they believe the suspect(s) will strike again.
Hamilton police have increased patrols in several areas of the city. Sgt Waldeck said the Lindenwald neighborhood has been hit multiple times.
Fred and Mary Gray have lived in their home in Lindenwald for nearly 30 years. They were aware of recent burglaries in the neighborhood.
"We sit out quite a bit and do see a police presence going down the streets," said Mary Gray.
Her husband, Fred Gray, said they always lock their doors and have other means of protection.
"Yeah, we do have a dog and she loves to bark," he added.
So far police do not have any leads on who's been committing the burglaries.
Anyone with information on these crimes, should call the Hamilton Police Department Investigations Section at (513) 868-5811 ext. 2003.
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