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Rash of burglaries in West Chester

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WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - West Chester residents are on alert after police have reported a string of burglaries in the area.
"It's scary for a lot of people with a lot of young kids," said West Chester resident Jeremy Caldwell.
Caldwell is keeping a close eye on his property these days, after a rash of burglaries in his Ashford Woods subdivision.
"In the last month an a half we've seen an increase of burglaries in unoccupied homes," said Officer Jeff Newman of the West Chester Police Department.

West Chester Police say they've taken five reports of burglaries and two attempted burglary reports in the last month and a half -- Caldwell knows it's happening first hand.

 "I had a golf cart stolen last year out of the back yard, in broad daylight," Caldwell said.

Authorities say between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., burglars are hitting up West Chester homes for anything expensive they can get their hands on.

"High priced items, more like computers, laptops in some cases," Newman said.

Authorities say they're targeting the Ashford Glenn, Beckett Ridge, Villages of Providence and Devonshire subdivisions, so far they only connection they can find is a white van.

"In the two attempts they did see a white vehicle leaving the area," Newman said.

Police are urging people to lock their doors and windows, but Caldwell wants more police presence to crackdown on the crime.

"Like having more patrol through here, because there's not that much patrol unless someone's called," Caldwell said.
If you observe any suspicious behavior you're urged to call the West Chester Police Department Crime Tip Hotline at 513-759-7272.
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