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Cary police 'aggressively investigating' home burglaries

Posted January 13, 2010 4:16 p.m. EST
Updated January 13, 2010 6:18 p.m. EST

— Police have stepped up patrols in the Lochmere Highlands neighborhood in Cary following three recent burglaries in which thieves entered homes as the occupants slept.

Cary police Capt. Mike Williams said the department is "aggressively investigating" the crimes, which occurred overnight between Sunday and Tuesday.

In two cases, police said, someone entered through an unlocked side door to the garage, then managed to open the motorized garage door.

"It is a lot more concerning to us when they're willing to go in at night, when they know somebody is going to be in that residence, and walk around that residence, knowing there are people there," Williams said.

Shira Rose said someone stole a television, a laptop computer, two purses, a digital camera and several music players, as well as other items from her home.

She said that, although the items stolen can be replaced, she could not stop thinking about the danger she and her family were put in.

"That's what I keep thinking in my head," Rose said. "What if I had gotten up? That's the scariest parts – all the what-ifs."

The neighborhood had a significant police presence on Tuesday as detectives investigated the cases and searched for leads.

Jean Burroughs, whose neighbor's home was burglarized, said that investigators told her that they suspect the thief or thieves might have tried getting into other houses through the garage.

Meanwhile, police remind residents to keep all home and car doors locked and to report to authorities any suspicious activity, including anyone in suspicious or idling vehicles in residential areas.

Cary police ask anyone with information about the crimes to contact Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746 or the police department at 919-380-2133.

Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes, and all calls are kept confidential at the caller's request.