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Chapel Hill Police May Have Solved String Of Robberies

Posted November 14, 2003

— A string of home break-ins in the Triangle appears to be solved. Now, Chapel Hill police have the daunting task of reconnecting stolen goods to the rightful owners.

There was a burglary at Jennifer Majtan's house.

"He climbed up through a window and climbed inside," Majtan said. "He ended up taking one of my other roommates' laptops downstairs."

According to Chapel Hill police Sgt. Chris Blue, turning the merchandise around on the street is not a difficult thing to do. But this time, it was the police who hit the jackpot -- at one apartment.

Police went to the apartment after acting on a tip. They found cell phones, jewelry, DVDs, stereos, cameras and VCRs -- all believed to be stolen, and all found at the home of seven men.

Police believe the items are connected to about 50 break-ins in the last month or so.

"Since mid-October, we've had a real spike in residential break-ins," Blue said.

The seven men found with the goods are in jail.

Meanwhile, police are trying to play the match game. From CD case No. 149 to the "Big Hit" DVD, they will try to find the rightful owners.

Majtan's house may or may not be involved in the theft ring. But at least some people have the chance to get their stuff back.

Police may start calling people next week to let them know their belongings were found.

If you think any of the items might be yours, call the Chapel Hill Police Department at

(919) 968-2760

or Crime Stoppers at

(919) 942-7515.


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