RADNOR, Pa. (CBS) – Police say homes in Bucks and Montgomery counties are being targeted by an organized burglary ring. With the latest developments in Radnor, the burglary in seven cities can be linked.
Police are warning homeowners to be vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious activity after a second home burglary was reported in Radnor within several weeks.
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“You don’t even think about it being here,” said Ben Wagner, who worked at Radnor.
The video shows a suspect walking past a house in Radnor when another person looks around. They are then seen breaking the bottom of the rear glass door.
Once inside, police say the suspects ransacked a bedroom cupboard and took away an undisclosed amount of expensive jewelry before the alarm went off.
It happened on Ivy Lane on January 13th.
Then, last Friday, police say suspects broke into another Radnor home — through a rear glass door — on the 800 block of Parks Run Lane before burglary.
The neighbors are horrified.
“It surprises me,” Kay Mooney said.
“We’re right by the police station,” said Grace Snyder.
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Radnor Police is now investigating whether the two incidents are linked.
“They get in and out of these houses very fast,” Warrington Police Chief Daniel Friel said.
But Warrington police say there are similarities between those domestic break-ins and those that happened recently in Warrington, Abington and several other areas.
“Of all the houses they hit, no one was home,” Friel said.
All thefts happen between 6 pm and 9 pm
This is how alleged thieves enter houses.
“It was the same thing,” Friel said. “It was either a rear sliding door, somewhere out of sight of his neighbors, or it was a rear window where they gained access. It was a quick break and entry.”
Police is giving these tips.
- Install lighting with motion sensors around your property
- Avoid posting vacation photos on social media when you’re away
- If on vacation, make your home look like it’s staying
“You always want your abode to appear busy,” Friel said.
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Police believe eight people may be involved in a burglary ring targeting suburban homes since at least November, but no arrests have been made yet.