NE homes targeted in daytime burglaries

Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 1:44 a.m.

A series of daytime burglaries at northeast Gainesville homes has police warning residents to check their locks and watch for anyone suspicious.

Six homes have been broken into since Jan. 5, one home twice, Gainesville Police Cpl. Keith Kameg said. The burglaries occurred in the Carol Estates and Highland Court Manor areas between Main Street and Waldo Road. The last was reported on Tuesday.

Police say there's been a combined loss of about $7,000 in goods.

"What's being taken is cash, credit cards, jewelry and small electronics," Kameg said. "We don't know if they're related, but there are just way too many in a short period of time."

The homes have been locked with burglars getting in by breaking windows and kicking in doors. All of the robberies occurred between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In one case, Kameg said they got in through a doggy door.

Although police have no suspect information, they believe that kids or transients may be involved. That's because, in a few of the burglaries, officers found that thieves had eaten food at the home and, in one instance, stole deodorant. Other items taken include shoes and video games.

Kameg recommended residents take the time to check security measures at their homes and make sure to catalog their valuables, including taking photographs of their jewelry in case it is stolen.

Extra officers have been assigned to patrol the area.

Anyone with information about the cases can contact Sgt. Brian Helmerson at 334-2487.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun. com.

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