Burglary suspects target homes in Villanova, Pa.

Radnor Township police say in both occurrences the suspects got through the glass back door.
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Investigators believe two home break-ins along the Main Line are tied to a larger crime spree targeting expensive homes in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Most recently, Radnor Township police say two homes in the Villanova section of the township were burglarized a week apart.

Home surveillance caught two suspects on camera inside of a residence on Ivy Lane on Thursday, January 13. Police say criminals stole from another home nearby, on the 800 block of Parkes Run Lane on January 21.

"Well, it is disturbing, but I think by and large, this is a very safe area. I never used to lock the door, but now I do," said Fareez Krishnaswamy, who lives in the township.

In the Villanova cases, investigators say the suspects entered through back patio doors and broke through glass.

Investigators say the criminals are taking cash, jewelry, and credit cards from expensive homes and residents in Radnor Township are not the only ones being targeted.

"We're trying to tie in all the pieces together to see if we can track these people down," said Chief Daniel Friel of Warrington Township Police.

Investigators across Delaware, Montgomery, and Bucks counties are working together to solve this burglary ring. Multiple agencies are dealing with cases of burglars targeting expensive homes, dating back to October in Warrington Township. Similar crimes have happened in Montgomery Township, Buckingham, Upper and Lower Makefield Townships, and Abington Township.

"You want to make your house always appear that it's occupied," said Friel.

Police said there are steps you can take to keep your home safe, like having automatic lights, setting up surveillance and locking away your valuables.

"Look out for suspicious vehicles, somebody circling the neighborhood. A lot of times these groups will, what they call, case a neighborhood shortly before they go in," said Friel.

Most importantly, investigators said always report suspicious activity.

"Our doors are always locked, we have an alarm system, and because of previous break-ins, Upper Merion Police recommended to us to put lighting in our back," said Gregory Grimm, a neighbor.

Police in Radnor are looking for more surveillance video of the recent break-ins. They're asking neighbors to check their cameras; it could help solve the crimes.
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