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Police seek tips in eastern Berks County burglary spree

By Ashley Bellman, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 23 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 25 2013 10:05:03 AM CDT

Residents of eastern Berks County are on high alert after a string of home break-ins.

EARL TWP., Pa. -

There have been 17 home burglaries since the end of June in eastern Berks County.

The robbers, police said, are breaking locks and windows to get into the homes, making the crimes difficult to prevent.

Earlier this week, a 77-year-old Earl Township man came home to find his house had been broken into, and his TV, laptop and two gold rings were gone.

Unfortunately, he is just one of many residents recently victimized in the area.

Police said the burglars are knocking on doors in the middle of the day, asking residents obscure questions.

Pa. State Police Trooper David Beohm said the best thing you can do is pay close attention to anyone who may approach your home, then call police.

"If it looks odd and you think its not right, please call us," said Beohm. "Let us come out and decide."
 
Residents like Emily Prescott said the neighborhood is aware of the situation, and they all look out for one another.

"I think that anybody looses a sense of security but you know you move forward," said Prescott. "You have to, otherwise, you are just living in paranoia."

Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.