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Teens Seen on Roofs Before Chapel Hill Burglaries

Posted August 1, 2007 5:37 p.m. EDT

— Police are investigating a series of residential break-ins, including some where teens were seen on the roofs of homes that were later burglarized.

Officers have responded to nine residential break-ins on the east side of town since Monday, police said. The burglaries have been reported on Francis Street, Lark Circle, Fountain Ridge Road, Lakeshore Lane and Forsyth Drive.

In at least two reports Tuesday, witnesses reported seeing a group of boys on the roofs of the homes before the break-ins were discovered. The teens were seen wearing bandannas around their heads in one case, police said.

The burglars got into most of the nine residences through unlocked or open windows, and small electronics, cash and jewelry have been targeted, police said.

The break-ins have occurred during the day while victims were at work, police said.