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Brodhead police seek help in series of overnight burglaries

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GINA R. HEINE
July 21, 2011
— Police are asking Brodhead residents to be alert and call police about suspicious activity after a series of overnight burglaries and thefts this week.

Four break-ins occurred early Saturday and two more homes were burglarized early Wednesday, Chief Tom Moczynski said. Residents were home during five of the burglaries, and in one a resident became aware of what was going on and the burglar ran away, Moczynski said.


Police are asking residents, particularly those who are up in the middle of the night, to call police if security lights go on, if they notice a parked car that remains running or if other suspicious activity occurs.


I would just encourage people to trust their instincts and give us a call, he said.


The burglarized homes have primarily been on the east side of the city between East First Center Avenue and County T, he said, noting police will continue saturation patrols.


Moczynski realizes the current heat wave makes it a tough time to lock up a home, but he said burglars are entering homes through unlocked doors or by cutting screens. Police believe burglars are wandering through yards looking for homes with screen windows that have valuables close by inside, he said.


Moczynski said residents should keep electronics and valuables away from windows and doors, as money and electronics have been reported stolen.


Burglaries are uncommon in Brodhead, and entries to occupied homes are extremely rare, Moczynski said.


Report suspicious activity

Anyone who sees suspicious activity during the night or has information regarding these break-ins is encouraged to call the Brodhead Police Department at (608) 897-2112.


Anonymous tips can be given to Green County Crime Stoppers at greencountycrimestoppers.com. Those providing valuable tips could be eligible for a reward.

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