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Rash of jewel thefts happening in broad daylight

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 22 2013 09:32:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 23 2013 06:25:54 AM CDT

Police in Caernavon Township are trying to find a woman who they say has been breaking into homes and stealing jewelry.

CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. -

Police in Berks County are trying to find a woman who they say has been breaking into homes and stealing jewelry.

Caernavon Township officers say the string of jewelry thefts started back on August 3rd and the thief has been targeting the homes in broad daylight.

Community members are on edge and they say they are shocked because it is such a quiet neighborhood.

"We had actually gone away. We took the dog to the vet and when we came home, I did not even really realize anything had happened until a couple days later," said victim Sylvia Losch.

Losch says it took her a few days to realize her jewelry box was missing with more than $3,000 worth of jewelry inside.

"The worst part was some of the sentimental things that we had in there that you cannot really replace," said Losch.

But Losch's house was not the only one targeted. Caernarvon Township Police say a total of five homes have been broken into and jewelry and cash were taken. Neighbors are stunned.

"It is shocking because the road is so quiet. It is quiet around here," said neighbor Richard Pavlesich.

Losch believes the thief got in through an open garage window. She says she never expected something like that to happen in her neighborhood, but she will be more aware in the future.

"My husband travels a lot so we are a little more careful. You make sure all the windows are locked and everything is as secure as you can make it," said Losch.

Police say they are looking for a white female suspect in her 40s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds with shoulder length dirty blonde hair.

Police ask that if you have seen this woman or have any other information regarding these thefts to contact them.