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Raleigh Neighborhood Target of Break-Ins

Posted December 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A usually quiet West Raleigh neighborhood has been experiencing a rash of daylight break-ins over the past few weeks, and residents are edgy.

One man said he returned home over the weekend to find his home had been broken into, but he was grateful that he had not directly encountered the intruder. He said his 3-pound sledgehammer had been moved from its usual location to right next to the back door. He was sure the sledgehammer had been put there just in case he had happened to walk in and surprise the criminal.

At least a dozen break-ins have been reported in the past two weeks in the stretch of Western Boulevard just outside the Beltline. Residents say they are watching out for each other's homes, and have been reporting sightings of any suspicious people to the police.

Police have been given something of a description of the intruder, but no one has been caught.