BATH, Maine — A string of daytime burglaries in Bath prompted police to urge city residents to lock their doors and keep eyes out for suspicious behavior.
According to an announcement issued Tuesday by Bath Police Chief Michael Field, officers have investigated seven daytime burglaries between March 22 and April 18. Of those seven, four occurred in the city’s South End.
“It’s a large number of burglaries in a short period of time,” Lt. Stan Cielinski told The Times Record on Tuesday evening. “It’s unusual that we have that many burglaries at any time of day, so we’re worried that somebody is going around and checking doors to see if people are home.”
According to Field’s announcement, only one of the homes broken into was uninhabited at the time of the crime. Four of the victimized homes showed no forced entry or were left unlocked, Field said, while the suspect or suspects used a key hidden under a doormat to enter another residence.
“Two doors were kicked in at homes located on lower High Street and Washington Street,” Field said in his announcement. “The suspect [or suspects] have taken two laptop computers, medications and copper piping. Three of the homes were entered and items moved, but nothing was taken.”
The string of crimes began on March 22, when a laptop allegedly was stolen from a Middle Street apartment. It continued on March 24 with break-ins on Mitchell Road and Central Avenue. Last Thursday, police found doors kicked open at homes on lower High and Washington streets, and on Saturday, another laptop was taken from a High Street home.
The latest crime took place on Monday, when intruders apparently entered an unlocked Western Avenue home and stole, among other items, the house keys.
“There’s always a chance that one or two of the incidents are not connected, but the series of events is enough that we want tell people to lock their doors and windows,” Cielinski said. “If people see somebody who looks like he’s loitering around their house or somebody else’s house, [they should] take the time to call police.”
Cielinski said that the department handled 25 burglaries in 2010 and 33 in 2009.
Field encourages anyone with information about the burglaries or who might have witnessed suspicious behavior to contact the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 443-8367.
“A lot of times, crimes like these are solved by people providing information and tips,” Cielinski said.
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