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Date Posted:8/21/08
Crime Date:8/21/08
Crime Time:Dead of night
Crime Type:Residential burglaries
Crime Location:various locations in Centre County
Victim Auth:No
Crime Details:Borough police are warning the public about a series of residential burglaries that are happening in the dead of night while the homeowners are asleep in bed. State College police were called to Shawn Circle in College Township at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday after a burglar was scared off by the family dog, according to police. In the last several weeks, a series of nighttime burglaries have occurred with the burglars getting away for the most part unscathed, giving police little to go on. About 15 such burglaries have happened in the Penns Valley region, from Millheim, to Spring Mills, to Centre Hall. They have not been solved despite the best efforts of state police, said state police Trooper Kent Bernier. “The people in those communities are concerned,” he said. As are State College police, who are urging residents to lock their doors and windows and to immediately report any suspicious people or activity in their neighborhoods. “What’s especially disturbing about a nighttime burglary is quite obvious — it’s happening when people are home in bed as someone is breaking into their residence,” said State College police Capt. Dana Leonard. “That’s especially alarming by its very nature.” Usually such burglaries occur in the daytime when it is less likely a burglar will encounter the homeowner, he said. “This signals to us there is something a little bit different about this perpetrator, or perpetrators, because they have chosen a method that puts the residents at greater risk and puts themselves at greater risk as well,” Leonard said. In the latest incident, whoever is responsible used a sharp instrument to cut through a locked screen door to get inside a Shawn Circle home. But the homeowners’ dog frightened the burglar, or burglars, away before they could take anything, police said. Anyone who has information on the crimes or who sees anything suspicious is urged to contact their local police department. State College police can be reached at 234-7150 and anonymous tips can be submitted online at www.statecollegepa.us. Centre County Crimestoppers pays rewards for information leading to an arrest at 877-992-7463.
Agency:State College Police Department
243 South Allen Street
State College,PA,16801
phone: 814-234-7150
fax: 814-235-3324
email: police@statecollegepa.us
Posted Online:8/21/08

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