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Jefferson Hills police warn residents of burglaries

Friday, June 7, 2013, 4:01 a.m.
 

A sign of warmer weather is turning up on police reports in Jefferson Hills.

Borough police said on Thursday the number of burglaries has spiked from one in April to five since May 1.

“It's happening throughout the borough,” Chief Gene Roach said. Calls have been received from along Route 885, Old Clairton, Gill Hall and Ridge roads and Waterman Road East.

It is activity that apparently involves somewhat transient people passing by.

“They're on streets where there is a good deal of traffic going on,” Roach said, “and they can go back onto that main street and just blend in with the traffic. They're not in the cul-de-sacs and they're not doing it in denser neighborhoods.”

Large items such as television sets aren't turning up missing.

“They're taking jewelry and money, things they can pocket,” Roach said. “They're usually people who are drug abusers who are looking for things they can swap for their drug of choice on the street.”

Jefferson Hills residents received a Nixle alert about the burglaries in emails on Thursday.

A borough resident sharing the information on Facebook observed that “this happened a few years ago as well and wondered, ‘Same people again?'”

“Every spring we get a spike,” Roach said. “People are a little more transient, while during the winter people may be more noticeable.”

The Jefferson Hills chief urged neighbors to be the police department's eyes and ears and to call 911 if they see something “even remotely out of place.”

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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