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2/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Copley Police Department issues warning about burglars

COPLEY — Two home burglaries have been reported on the west side of Copley Township within the past two weeks, and the Copley Police Department wants to warn area homeowners about burglars working in and near the township.

It appears the persons responsible also might have burglarized homes in neighboring communities, according to Police Chief Michael Mier.

The burglars work in pairs, he said. They may come to the front door of a home and knock or ring the doorbell several times, and if no one comes to the door, they walk around the home and enter by prying open a window or door at the back of the house, he added. Also, the burglars are making certain that no one is in the home before they enter, he said.

So far, the thefts have taken place in the late afternoon and early evening hours, according to Mier.

He recommends leaving lights on to give the appearance someone is home when the house is empty. Lights left on should change, so the home does not always look the same, he added.

Burglars on their way to a target are likely to park a vehicle nearby, possibly on an adjacent street, and walk through backyards to the target house, Mier said. They are stealing jewelry and small electronic items, he noted.

Residents are cautioned to pay attention to anyone in their neighborhoods who are going door-to-door, walking around houses or cutting through yards from one street to the next, Mier said. Residents who see anyone appearing suspicious, who they do not recognize as a resident of their neighborhood or who see cars parked on streets that do not seem to belong in the area, should not hesitate to call police, Mier added.

Anyone with information about these crimes can call the Copley Police Department at 330-666-8866 or provide tips anonymously to Summit County Crime Stoppers by texting TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (CRIMES).


Ariel Hakim contributed to this report.

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