Police are investigating a string of forced-entry burglaries in State College and asking residents to be vigilant.
Borough police said they are investigating 22 burglaries that occurred between Nov. 25 and Thursday. The incidents are “likely connected,” police said.
Police said burglars broke into unoccupied homes and made off with electronics, such as televisions, computers and video game systems.
Police Chief Tom King said burglary sprees such as this are not common but have occurred before. They usually take place when students are off for Thanksgiving, semester or spring breaks.
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“There are likely more that will get reported when students return later next week,” King said Saturday. “We are following up on a couple good leads that have developed recently.”
Police believe burglars may have knocked on doors to see if residents were in their homes. They are asking residents to report any suspicious activity, which could include:
• Unknown people knocking on doors of houses or apartments for no apparent reason or knocking on doors of multiple houses or apartments;
• Occupied vehicles parked in alleyways or along the street for an extended period of time;
• Vehicles driving down a street or through a neighborhood slowly or driving down a street or through a neighborhood several times; or
• People inexplicably loitering in a residential area.
State College police can be reached at 234-7150, and residents also may call 911. Police are asking that if residents discover a potential burglary in progress to not enter the home, but to contact police immediately.