General Crime

* Novato Police Report Burglaries on the Increase

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Police are alerting residents about 11 home burglaries and burglary attempts that have been reported in northern Novato since November.  Six burglaries have resulted in property loss, and the majority have occurred during the afternoon or overnight, Police Chief Joseph Kreins said. The burglars entered the homes through unlocked doors or windows, and nine of the 11 crimes occurred when no one was home, Kreins said.

Two suspects in a residential burglary in Novato on Dec. 14 were arrested after a juvenile who was home at the time identified them, police said. Police are investigating whether those suspects are responsible for other burglaries in Novato or elsewhere in Marin County, Kreins said.  In some instances, suspects contact the homeowner at the front door and make nonsensical statements or ask innocuous questions and then leave, Kreins said.

If the homeowner does not answer the door, the suspects look for an open door or window, Kreins said.  In one attempted burglary on Dec. 8, would-be burglars were scared away because the homeowner was home, Kreins said. No homeowners have been confronted or harmed, Kreins said. In addition to the residential burglaries, there has been an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles in Novato and other parts of the
county, Kreins said.

Novato police are sharing information about the crimes with San Rafael police and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Police have also sent an email about the burglaries to the San Marin Improvement Association.

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