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Chapel Hill Police Investigate Series Of Break-Ins

Posted April 25, 2003

— The Chapel Hill Police Department and Crime Stoppers are asking anyone with information about a string of residential break-ins to call them.

All Crime Stoppers calls are confidential, and reward money is available for information that leads to an arrest.

In the last two weeks, according to police, there have been three incidents in which homes were entered by intruders while the residents were working in their yards.

The most recent incident occurred Thursday, when cash was stolen from a woman's wallet inside her home on Ferrell Road as she worked in the front yard.

Police said that April 12, four people were doing yard work at a house on North Estes Drive when someone allegedly entered the unlocked house and took money from two purses.

There were two break-ins reported on April 16. In one, an intruder entered a home on East Franklin Street while the resident was doing yard work, stealing cash from a purse and change from a jar.

In the other break-in on April 16, a house on Wesley Drive was left unlocked when the resident went to another house in the neighborhood. He told police that when he returned about 10 minutes later, he found that someone had been in the house.

Although nothing looked disturbed, it was later discovered that items had been taken from a bedroom closet shelf.

No suspect was seen in any of the cases.

Chapel Hill police recommend that residents lock their doors even if they go outside for a short period of time to just work in the yard, walk dogs or visit neighbors.

Police also request that people report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood by calling 911 immediately.

The Chapel Hill Police Department can be reached at

968-2760

, and Crime Stoppers' number is

226-CRIME.

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