No suspects in rash of burglaries

Published on Thu, Feb 6, 2003
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No suspects in rash of burglaries

After a rash of burglaries over the last week Blaine police are warning residents to keep their eyes open and their doors locked.

�We're very concerned about the sudden rise in residential burglaries, especially the fact that two of them appear to have been in the daytime when residents were only away for a short time,� said Blaine police chief Mike Haslip.

Police are investigating half a dozen burglaries reported between Wednesday and Friday last week. On January 29 thieves broke into the Pantec storage facility on Boblett Street and broke the locks off 17 storage units. Haslip said the burglars rifled through the units but it is not known what was taken as the parties who rented the units are still being contacted. So far several fishing poles and household items appear to have been taken.

On the same day in east Blaine a homeowner went out for a few hours in the morning, locking his doors, and returned to find thieves had ransacked the house, making off with cameras, jewelry and several handguns valued over $4,000. Haslip said a dark blue car with no rear window was seen in the area during the time of the robbery.

Later that day burglars entered an unlocked home on 12th Street in the afternoon and stole a video cassette recorder and a handful of tapes.

On January 30, a resident returned to his apartment after a few days absence to find someone had broken in and taken $4,000 worth of clothing and electronics. The following morning two local businesses reported break-ins.

Haslip said police are investigating the rash of burglaries. �We have no suspects at this time,� he added. He encouraged residents to take security measures at home and keep an eye out in their neighborhoods. �We encourage anyone observing suspicious activities to call police,� he said.

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