By David Highfield

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — State police first said daytime burglaries in Indiana County have similarities to ones in northern Westmoreland County, and now they say they’re looking into the possibility that burglaries in both Armstrong and Jefferson counties could also be connected.

The burglars knock on doors and make up an excuse if someone answers, such as they’re looking for a dog. But if no one is home, they break inside and make off with everything from electronics to guns to clothes.

State police say the suspects may have children with them and are driving a black SUV, a maroon car and possibly a white box truck or van.

Ken and Lori Marshall of Washington Township, Indiana County, became victims and have put a sign up at the end of their driveway to let neighbors know they’ve been burglarized and to ask for help if anyone saw anything.

Lori Marshall says her kids were the first ones home the day of the burglary and called her at work to ask if she had taken the TV somewhere. They soon found drawers left open around the home and the backdoor ajar.

Marshall says the thieves stole an expensive camera, a video camera, laptop computers, a guitar and a handgun. She says she feels that her rights have been violated.

State police are warning homeowners to stay vigilant.

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