West Hartford residents are being warned by police to keep their windows closed and locked in the wake of five attempted residential burglaries and two completed residential burglaries.
The incidents occurred between at 11:47 p.m. June 18 and 10 a.m. June 19, according to police. The incidents all occurred during the night while the residences were occupied. All the burglaries occurred within an eight-block radius.
Police said entry into the homes was made or attempted through unlocked windows, by pushing up screens.
The incidents were reported by residents of:
- North Quaker Lane
- Farnham Road
- Robin Road
- Vanderbilt Road
Cash and a laptop computer were stolen, police said. The only description the police department has at this time is a male, wearing dark clothing that was using a bicycle to flee the area. No occupants were confronted by the suspect(s).
Police have several recommendations for residents to help prevent break-ins and thefts:
- Keep all ground floor doors and windows locked.
- Keep all exterior lights in working order.
- Cut back bushes around exterior of the house.
- If you see anything suspicious immediately contact the police department.
Extra patrols in marked and unmarked vehicles will be deployed in the area.