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Munhall Community On Alert After String Of Burglaries

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MUNHALL (KDKA) – Recent criminal activity has prompted a local community to issue a crime watch.

There have been several burglaries, with most of them in broad daylight, and police want residents to be on alert.

According to Munhall Police, the thieves have taken televisions, electronics, jewelry and even cash.

They’re now on alert and they’re hoping someone out there has seen something.

Munhall Police said the suspects are coming in through the back doors of homes in the neighborhood.

“We’ve had five burglaries. Some of have been forceful entries. It’s all during the daylight hours in the morning. It’s been [televisions] taken and some bigger items. So, we’re figuring someone has to have seen something, with someone carrying a TV away,” Patrolman Daniel Boehme said.

Police only have very vague descriptions of the possible suspects.

The burglaries have happened between 18th and 20th Avenues and they’re hitting houses when they know no one is home.

“It really scares me. I have little brothers and sisters at home and it worries me,” Abre Smith said.

Police believe the people behind thee break-ins are putting in the work before they commit the crimes by possibly canvassing the area.

“If they know when someone’s not going to be at that house, they have to be watching the community,” Boehme said.

While police are trying to piece together the string of crimes, people who live in the neighborhood are hoping for a stronger police presence to deter the break-ins.

“I just think the police could be a little more active. A little more visible. Drive around a little slower,” Mike Stofko said.

Munhall Police responded to that concern saying they have stepped up patrols in the area.

Munhall Police are encouraging anyone that has seen anything suspicious to give them a call at (412)-464-7300.

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