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Manheim Township hit by string of daytime burglaries

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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 5:17 pm | Updated: 11:59 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

Police in Manheim Township are urging residents to be vigilant after a series of recent daytime burglaries.

In each case, windows were broken to gain entry and jewelry was stolen.

The most recent incident occurred Monday in the 1900 block of Carlton Place. Police said a home was entered between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and jewelry was stolen.

On Nov. 13, jewelry and electronics were taken from a home in the 2800 block of Weaver Road.

On Nov. 12, jewelry was stolen from a home in the 200 block of St. Thomas Road and a home in the 400 block of Wagonwheel Road.

Lt. Robert Baldwin said police are working under the assumption that the crimes are related, based on the type of entry and the items taken.

The crimes, however, haven't been confined to one particular area of the township.

"They're literally all over the place," Baldwin said Wednesday. "There's no pattern so it makes it difficult for us to guess where they're going to hit next."

During the past week, Baldwin said, plainclothes officers in unmarked cars have been patroling neighborhoods.

He said police have checked area pawn shops and have found no evidence of the stolen items.

"Which leads us to believe they're either from out of the area or they're going out of the area to sell the stuff," he said.

Baldwin encouraged residents to be alert to suspicious activity and said they should never hesitate to call police if they see something out of the ordinary.

"We get a ton of suspicious-activity calls and yes, 98 percent of them turn out to be nothing," he said. "But we want those calls. You're not bothering us. It's better to call when you see something rather then call after the fact and try to remember."

Baldwin said residents should call 911 for suspicious activity in-progress. Residents can also phone police at 569-6401.

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