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Police Expect Increase in Burglary Reports as Students Return to State College

by on January 08, 2014 3:47 PM

State College police received another report of a burglary Tuesday and expect more over the next week.

Since Thanksgiving, the department has received more than 20 reports of burglaries discovered. Lt. Chris Fishel said Wednesday police expect the number to gradually increase as students return to State College for the spring semester.

"What we're expecting through next week as people return is we're going to be getting those calls," says Fishel.

College students can become victims of burglaries when they leave their apartments or houses unattended during school breaks. The incident goes unreported until the student returns to discover it.

The investigation is ongoing. Fishel says police have collected forensic evidence and continue to pursue investigative leads.

Targeted locations include apartments south of the business district at apartments "off the beaten path" that are not equipped with security cameras.

Police say the burglaries could be related. Police believe suspects are using a vehicle as a quick get-away.

Stolen items include electronics and cash.

Police are seeking the public's assistance. Anyone with information regarding the incidents can call State College police at 814-234-7150.

Tips related the incidents can be reported anonymously by clicking HERE.

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