Rash of Break-Ins

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari
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October 21, 2005

A series of break-ins in the last few days has residents on their guard and Charlottesville police investigating whether they are related.

"There's been now 25 break-ins to residents and businesses in the last 8 days," said Lt. Gary Pleasants

Police say two areas have been targets.

At least 11 homes in the Rose Hill Drive and Belmont areas of Charlottesville have been broken into in the last 48 hours.

"In two cases the person was seen. In one case the person was caught by the home owners. They had a struggle [and] the person escaped on a bicycle," said Pleasants.

Police say the suspect or suspects have gotten away with home electronic equipment, jewelry and cash.

In most cases the burglar entered the house through an unlocked window or door.

"Lock the doors, lock the windows. The more noise that people have to make to get in, the less likely they are to do it so don't make it easy for them," said Pleasants.

Police believe the same person is responsible for all the break-ins in Belmont. They are still investigating whether the break-ins in Rose Hill could be at the hands of the same man.

The suspect is described as a black male of medium build, about 20-years-old, five foot six, last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt with blue stripes on the sleeves. If you have any information, police urge you to call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.

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