Burglars strike at 6 sites in Warren

WARREN — The city had six burglaries late Sunday through early Tuesday, but police say they don’t believe they are related.

As for a trend, Lt. Bryan Holmes, officer in charge of the criminal investigations division, said he only sees one: One of them took place at the New Candlelight Apartments on Harvard Drive SE, which has seen more incidents than normal lately.

A related trend is car break-ins, Holmes said. They have increased on the city’s west side. Holmes said all six burglaries were assessed for solve-ability, and three are being investigated by detectives.

The six cases were spread throughout the city, starting with one reported at 9:44 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Idylwild Street NE. A woman said someone entered her home while she was gone and took a cellphone from the kitchen table. A man she knows told her he took it and asked her to meet him and give him money to get it back.

At 12:30 a.m. Monday in the 3000 block of Red Fox Run Drive NW, a woman reported that when she returned home that morning, she saw a bicycle valued at $150 had been taken from the home. There was no forced entry.

Sometime Monday, a laptop computer and gaming system were stolen from an apartment in the 1100 block of Harvard Drive SE, a woman reported Monday afternoon.

Between 11 a.m. and noon Monday, someone took a flat-screen television valued at $500 from a home in the 1100 block of Woodview Avenue SW, a man reported. There were no signs of forced entry.

At 9:30 p.m. Monday, residents of the 800 block of Adams Avenue NW reported that a female forced her way into the home and took money and clothing, then left. The residents also discovered a gun was missing.

Though a report from 3009 Linda Drive NW was classified as petty theft and not burglary, a resident reported that she awoke to a dog barking at 3 a.m. Tuesday and saw a car driving away from her home at high speed. She discovered that three of her Halloween decorations valued at $150 were taken from in front of her home.

At 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, a 55-year-old man from Masury was smoking a cigarette outside of a home at 701 N. Park Ave., when he heard a commotion inside. When he went in, he saw his bicycle had been stolen. Someone also tried to pull a television off the wall, police said.

Holmes said the public can help solve these types of crimes by calling police and alerting them to suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

“A lot of times we hear from people in the community, and they say, ‘I didn’t want to bother police,’ but a lot of times, it’s the tips that break a case. Every little bit helps,” he said.

The number to call is 330-675-2730.