General Crime

* Morgan Hill Police Investigating String of Burglaries

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Morgan Hill police are urging residents to lock their homes, windows and gates after a string of burglaries in the city in the past couple months, a police sergeant said. At least eight burglaries and four attempted burglaries have been reported sine early December, and investigators believe at least a few of them may be related, according to Morgan Hill police Sgt. Jerry Neumayer. The first in the string of burglaries occurred some time between Dec. 12 and Dec. 14 when suspects broke through the front door of a victim’s home on Barnell Avenue. Nothing was reported missing in the burglary, police said. Another robbery was reported on Dec. 23 when the side garage door of a home on Keystone Avenue was kicked in, and video game consoles and games were stolen. A robbery also occurred some time between Dec. 21 and Jan. 2 at a home on Oak Leaf Court where suspects stole numerous jewelry items. On Jan. 25, at least one suspect stole a video game console and jewelry after entering a home on Foothill Court through a rear unlocked bathroom window, according to police. On Friday, suspects stole a television, game console and jewelry from a home on Fountain Oaks Drive. In that burglary, witnesses reported seeing a dark green Volvo, possibly from the early 1990s, that was parked in front of the home. A white or Hispanic woman was sitting in the driver’s seat, while two white or Asian men were also seen. Both were about 6 feet 3 inches tall and in their late 20s or early 30s, had blonde hair and wore baggy clothing. One was heavyset with a goatee while the other was thinner, police said. Later Friday, computers, cameras and jewelry were stolen out of a home on Buckskin Court, according to police. Neumayer said investigators believe the two burglaries on Friday may be connected, but they are not sure about the other incidents because they occurred over the span of a few weeks and in different parts of the city. Police are also investigating three attempted burglaries in the area of Tassajara Circle on Tuesday in which suspects removed screens from rear windows of homes to try to gain entry. Neumayer said the Police Department is encouraging residents to lock their homes and gates, and to make sure their windows are secured.  Residents should also “just be aware of who’s new in the neighborhood and to alert police to anyone who appears to be suspicious, he said. “A couple of these incidents, we had people that saw something that was suspicious, and had they have called us, we may have been able to catch them,” Neumayer said. “We think people are hesitant to call, so we say don’t hesitate.”

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