GREENWICH, Conn., -- Greenwich Police are warning residents after a string of residential burglaries over the weekend.
Police believed four burglaries and one attempted burglary were done by an organized group who targeted homes they believed were unoccupied. In the case of the unsuccessful burglary, the intruders fled once they realized someone was in the home.
In addition to these Thanksgiving weekend burglaries police said there were four other burglaries in town in the last month.
The suspects entered the homes by various methods. The thieves used force to open doors and smash windows for access and on at least one occasion used an unlocked second floor balcony door to gain entry. Investigators located a neighbor to one of the burglarized homes who actually observed a suspicious subject in the area but they did not contact the police.
Police said suspicious activity should be reported to them.
Police doubt the crimes were ones of opportunity, instead believing the homes were deliberately chosen and Greenwich investigators are working with other police departments that have seen similar crimes.
Due to the break-ins, police have stepped up their patrols in the town to try and deter additional crime.
The public are urged to call 911 if they see a crime in progress. If they see a suspicious person they are asked to call police at (203) 622-8001.
Calls can also be made to the department's investigative tip lines at: (203) 622- 3333, 1(800) 372- 1176, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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