On the heels of a string of burglaries in their community, Old Lycoming Township police are seeking the public's assistance in developing leads in the unsolved cases, according Sgt. Christopher Kriner.
"We certainly could use the public's help in solving these crimes," Kriner said Tuesday.
Five burglaries have occurred in the township in the last six weeks, the most recent one on Friday, Kriner said.
Most of the burglaries occurred in the neighborhoods of Bottle Run Road, Grimesville Road and Garden View, Kriner said.
"All the properties were residential and the burglaries occurred in the daytime. There was evidence of forced entry in each case," he added.
In most cases, no one was home, but there were one or two incidents where the intruders fled after being scared off by someone either in the house or returning home, Kriner said.
The burglars have taken jewelry, coins and money from the homes, which also were ransacked, he said. None of the items have been recovered.
If someone returns home to find their property broken into, Kriner said, it is important that the home owner not enter the house, thereby preserving as much of the crime scene as possible for investigators.
It is imperative that victims call police immediately, he said. In one incident, officers were not notified until 30 minutes after the burglary was discovered, leaving plenty of time for the trail to go cold.
Neighbors need to look out for one another, and if you see any suspicious persons or vehicles on your street, notify police at once so they can at least check them out, Kriner said.
Homeowners might want to think about installing burglar alarms. Kriner noted that none of properties that were hit were equipped with any such alarm system.