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UPDATE: Parkersburg Police Continue to Investigate Burglaries

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UPDATE 3/02/2014 4:20 PM

Police are stepping up their game, trying to figure out who's responsible for a recent spike of burglaries.

It's a scary trend, with no arrests made or suspects even identified.

Parkersburg Police tell us they're determined to get the bad guys.

We first brought you the news of the local burglary spike last week.

Now we're hearing again from investigators, after three more homes over the weekend became the latest residences to get hit.

Those three houses are in the Fairview Heights neighborhood.

They were all vacant when police say someone made off with some items like cash, jewelry and handguns.

Investigators believe these cases are linked to the previous burglaries.

One of the reasons is because the same type of small items are being taken.

The recent spike brings the burglary count around town to 20 in just the past five weeks.

"Between 15, 20 of them, they're all very similar as far as the victims. Residences are unoccupied, vacant," says Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin. "We're just tracking leads that we're getting from our tip line and from folks who are calling the office to try to help us out."

The department is accepting your calls, if you have any information about these 20 burglaries.

Meanwhile, for anyone going away from home, police suggest locking your doors and windows, putting your lights on automatic timers and having friends and neighbors keep an eye on your property.

Police have not named any suspects, but Chief Martin says they are speaking with "persons of interest".


UPDATE 3/14/2014 4:25 PM

A rash of burglaries in Parkersburg in the past month.

The main targets are the elderly and vacant homes.

Most of them have happened north of 23rd Street in Parkersburg, but Detective Greg Nangle says there have been some on south side as well.

Detectives say they believe the suspects are going to houses, knocking on the door, and when no one answers, breaking into the home, looking for anything easy to carry like cash and handguns.

Police say the targets usually are homes where the owner is out of town, particularly those who went away for the winter.

And not all of these incidents have happened in nighttime hours.

"Tuesday afternoon, in broad daylight, we had a suspect climb through an elderly person's home through a window," says Sgt. Nangle. "The resident at that home confronted the suspect. He fortunately did not harm her, and he fled out the door."

The Parkersburg Police Department says its seen about a dozen home burglaries in the past five weeks.

If someone does answer the door, the suspects will leave.

If this happens to you, you are asked to call 911.

Witnesses have seen multiple suspects.

Police do say lock your doors, don't answer the door in the middle of the night and leave some lights on.

If you're going out of town, tell friends and family.

If you have any information you can call the Parkersburg Police Dept. at 304-424-8444 or leave tips at parkersburgpolice.com.

Investigators do believe there are multiple suspects.

Witnesses have told police they've seen as many as three people running from homes.


A rash of night time break-ins in Parkersburg in the past month. Vacant and elderly homes are main targets.

The Parkersburg Police Department says they have seen about a dozen home burglaries in the past five weeks.

They say the majority of the burglaries have been in the northern Parkersburg area, above 23rd st., but they do say more recently a few have happened on the southside of town during the day as well.

Detectives say they believe the suspects are going to houses, knocking on the door, and when no one answers-- breaking into the home, through the door or window. They say the suspects are raiding the house for anything easy to carry such as cash, jewelry and handguns.
Because of the way the burglars are going about it, they are typically homes that are vacant with the home owner out of down, or elderly who do not make it to the door to answer it. They say they've had two or three reports of elderly waking up to the light being turned on and the suspects running out of the home.

Police say when the suspects knock in the middle of the night, if someone does answer, they will ask if someone lives in the home. If this happens to you- call 9-1-1 immediately.

Investigators do believe there are multiple suspects, with witnesses seeing up to three people running out of homes.

Currently investigators are running finger prints and evidence.

Sgt. Greg Nangle does have some recommendations to possibly not become a victim. Lock your doors, leave outside lights on and a few inside lights, and do not answer the door, ever, to someone you don't know in the middle of the night.
He also says if you are planning to go out of town to tell friends and family to keep an eye on the home and also never post any information about leaving town on social media.

If you have any information you can call the Parkersburg Police Dept. At 304-424-8444 or leave tips at parkersburgpolice.com.

If someone does knock on your door in the middle of the night or you see it happening to a neighbor, Sgt. Nangle says to call 9-1-1.


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