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Could a recent rash of burglaries in the city of Lancaster be connected?
That’s the question Lancaster Department Police Department officers are looking into after receiving five reports of burglaries within a week, four of which were clustered within a mile of each other.
Officers responded to the first burglary at 6:37 p.m. June 15 at a home in the 100 block of Preston Lane, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
A 53-year-old female homeowner told officers she left the previous night to visit with friends, but when she returned she noticed two of her flat screen televisions were missing, along with a bottle of prescription medicine.
The officers noticed a bedroom window had been broken, though it was locked and nailed shut. The woman told officers a friend had come over and nailed it shut to prevent anyone from entering.
Estimated value of the stolen items is $2,000, the report said.
Two days later, on June 17, officers responded at 10 p.m. to a home in the 600 block of North Wylie Street about several missing items, another incident report said.
The homeowner, a 36-year-old man, reported that several pieces of his son’s clothes, including jackets, ball caps and tennis shoes were missing, along with two cell phones. Also missing were an iPad and several pieces of jewelry, including a necklace and bracelet, the report said. The items are valued at $1,545.
The homeowner also told officers he believes a woman he knows may have taken the items, though it’s unknown if police have spoken to the woman.
On June 18, a 64-year-old man came to the Municipal Justice Center to report a burglary at a property he owns in the 200 block of North Young Street, an incident report said.
The man told officers he has been trying to sell his late mother’s home, but hadn’t been inside it recently. When he finally entered the home, he noticed it had been stripped of all its wiring, and the refrigerator, stove and water heater were missing, all valued at $1,900, the report said.
Police noticed that someone had broken into the home through a rear door, almost knocking it completely off its hinges.
A neighbor told officers he noticed a “thin, red-headed kid coming in and out of the house on several occasions,” and police planned to identify the person, a report said.
The next incident happened at 8:21 p.m. June 19 as officers responded to a burglary at Living Word Church of Lancaster, 117 N. Market St., another incident report said.
When they arrived, officers noticed a front window had been shattered and a desk inside the church had been pushed aside, the report said.
Several items had also been stolen, including four computer towers, two speakers, an amplifier, microphones, a microphone stand, a bass guitar and a Dell laptop computer, which are valued at $4,300, the report said.
The final incident was reported June 23 at 12:55 p.m. by a 50-year-old man who said someone stole furniture from his home in the 300 block of West Gay Street while he was out of town, a report said.
Items stolen included a queen-size bed frame, nightstand, dresser with mirror and Samsung stereo system, all valued at $1,800, the report said.
Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant confirmed the uptick in burglaries and said investigators are looking into the possibility some may be related.
“We have experienced an above average number of burglaries this month. The four you mentioned are in close proximity of each other, so that is one thing we are taking into consideration,” Grant said. “All these cases are open, so there is not much I can elaborate on. I would ask that if anyone sees anything suspicious, that they report it.”
If you know anything about any of the burglaries, please call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171, (803) 283-3313, or the LPD’s anonymous tip hotline at (803) 289-6040.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416