West Reading break-ins have residents on edge
Updated On: Jun 16 2014 10:25:50 PM CDT
Police are hoping the public can help them find a man allegedly responsible for several burglaries in Berks County.
Jose Luis Santiago, 56, is responsible for breaking into a home on S. 6th Avenue, and another home on Reading Avenue, police said.
The burglaries occurred on June 9 and 10, investigators said.
Bryce Matthews is one of the victims. He says his tools, worth thousands of dollars, were stolen.
"I take care of properties for people. So, taking my tools, I got to go replace them. In the thousands," said Matthews.
To make matters worse, the day Matthews home was burglarized, he was out repairing his car that had been destroyed by Berks County's most recent hail storm.
"It's frustrating. It's upsetting," Matthews said.
Santiago is also wanted in Wyomissing for burglary charges.
Police say they just want him behind bars now.
"They were day-time burglaries, so they are rather brazen, and we are interested in getting the suspect off the street," said Chief Stephen Powell, West Reading Police Dept.
Police say they do believe the suspect, Jose Luis Santiago, could still be in the area, so they're urging residents to lock their doors and windows.
Anyone with information about the thefts is urged to call Crime Alert: Berks County at 877-373-9913.
If your tip leads to an arrest, you could get a cash reward of up to $5,000.
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