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Police Warn Residents to Beware After Multiple Home Break-Ins

by on January 04, 2014 12:00 PM

Police say they are now investigating 22 forced entry burglaries that occurred in State College Borough over the past five weeks.

All of the burglaries happened between November 25, 2013 and January 2, 2014. 

In each case, no one was home and the doors were locked. Thieves got away with a variety of electronic gear including computers, televisions and video game systems.

These types of crimes happen frequently when Penn State is not in session. Students were off the week of Nov. 24-30 for Thanksgiving. Winter break runs from Dec. 20 until Jan. 13.

The State College Police Department is asking residents to be alert and to report any suspicious activity immediately. That includes any of the following:

  • Unknown persons knocking on doors of houses or apartments for no apparent reason or knocking on doors of multiple houses or apartments
  • Occupied vehicles parked in alleyways or along the street for an extended period of time
  • Vehicles driving down a street or through a neighborhood slowly or driving down a street or through a neighborhood several times
  • Persons inexplicably loitering in a residential area

If you discover a burglary do not go inside the home. Instead, contact police immediately Also, If you see something that looks suspicious you should call 911. For non-urgent reports you can call State College police at (814) 234-7150.

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