Rash of daylight home burglaries in Burlington Co.

May 12, 2011 2:45:31 PM PDT
Police in several Burlington County communities are asking residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity following a rash of home burglaries.

"We think it's a team working in conjunction, maybe doing two or three houses in one day then moving to a different area," said Sgt. Bill Covert of the Cinnaminson Police Department.

Covert added that there have been three daylight burglaries in Cinnaminson since last Thursday, including one on Winding lane.

"It doesn't surprise me," said resident Alice Quay. "We're close to a major highway."

Cinnaminson is not alone. Three break-ins occurred this week in neighboring Delran - one on Haines Mill Road, one on South View Drive and another on Brown Street.

Also, in the past two weeks, homes in Pennsauken, Palmyra and Maple Shade have also been hit. There was even an attempt in Moorestown.

Police say all of the incidents happened between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

"We think these people may be driving around various neighborhoods, looking for an area they like, one without too many cars and sitting there, watching," said Sgt. Covert.

The burglaries are crimes of opportunity. No one is home, so the thieves break a window or door to get inside and fill a pillow case or backpack with easy to fence items. That includes jewelry, cash and credit cards.

Craig Hoagland has lived in the same Cinnaminson neighborhood for more than 50 years.

"It's the way it is today. I used to go to the shore for the weekend and leave the house unlocked and come home, no problem," Hoagland said.

Police are working together on the cases because they believe that there are several thieves working together.