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State College Police Continue to Investigate More than 20 Burglaries

by on January 06, 2014 3:22 PM

State College police continue to investigate more than 20 burglaries discovered in the borough since Thanksgiving.

Lt. Chris Fishel said Monday that 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, Fishel says.

"It appears to be places without video surveillance in hallways...(such as) houses converted into apartment buildings," Fishel says.

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

On New Year's Eve, a FedEx deliveryman arrived to the 300 block of West Nittany Avenue to find doors open at two different apartments. Six other burglaries were reported on the same day at an apartment building in the 300 block of Locust Lane. Stolen items included TVs, gaming systems, cash and video games.

Police say such burglaries are common when Penn State students are away for break.

Similar incidents were reported in November over the Thanksgiving break. The first reported burglary occurred at 148 W. Hamilton Ave., where a TV was stolen. The second incident happened at 150 W. Hamilton Ave., where two apartments were entered and one X-Box was stolen. The third occurred at 518 S. Pugh St. where a TV, X-Box and some loose change were removed.

Police say that all three apartments were locked. In each burglary the apartment door was kicked in.

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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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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