Rash Of Burglaries Hits Massena

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Police in Massena are investigating a string of burglaries in the village.

There have been five break-ins this month at homes on the north side of the community.

Three of the burglaries happened at night when the residents were home sleeping.

Cash was stolen during a May 4 heist on Willow Street.

A week later, intruders stole jewelry from a home on North Main Street.

On May 12, more jewelry was taken from a house on Cook Street.

Five days later, a television was stolen from a James Street home, while cash was taken from a Somerset house.

Police Chief Timmy Currier said the intruder or intruders gained access to the homes through an unlocked door in one case and unlocked windows in two other burglaries.

"I recommend to people to make sure their doors are locked, their first floor windows are secure and to leave light on outside.  Also, if anyone hears or sees anything suspicions, they should call 911 immediately," said Currier.

He said the burglars gained access at one home through forced entry; he was unsure how the fifth house was broken into.

In three of the cases, people were home sleeping during the burglaries.

"Never confront an intruder in your home. If you can safely call 911, do so, or wait for the intruder to leave, then immediately call 911," said Currier.

The chief was unsure if the crimes are related.

If you have information about the burglaries, call (315) 764-5508 or email crimetips@police.massena.ny.us.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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