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Hampden Township Police investigate 5 burglaries in 2 weeks

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Hampden Township Police are investigating a recent increase in both evening and daytime home burglaries.

The department has investigated five break-ins in the past two weeks that took place during all hour of the day.

At this time, there is no indication that the burglaries within the township are related but police believe it's possible that a break-in in the Country Club Park area may be related to burglaries in nearby municipalities. 

A recent burglary near Hampden Township was interrupted by a family member coming home from school. The suspect in this incident was a thin-built male around 20 years old. There was no vehicle parked in the area. 

Hampden Township Police say they have solved a burglary in the Indian Creek incident but are still working to solve a report of a burglary in Pinehurst, one in Country Club Park, one in Pinebrook and one in Kingswood.

On April 9 around 9 p.m., a homeowner walked in to their home on the first block of Maybelle Court to discover a burglary in process. The burglar, or burglars, fled the home and left the person's property outside.  Around 12:30 p.m. on April 11 police received a report of jewelry and electronics stolen from a home on the 400 block of Penn Ayr Road. On April 17 police say similar items were taken from a home on the 3800 of Pamay Drive around 1:20 p.m. Thirty minutes later, there was a report of an attempted burglary on the 3800 block of Copperkettle Road.

If you believe your home was burglarized, police suggest that you stay outside and call 911. 

Police also provided the following tips: 

- Notify neighbors when you are away and encourage them to call 911 if something suspicious occurs.

- Use an alarm system.

- If you are working in your yard, make sure all of your exterior doors are closed and locked.

Call police if any of the following happens:

-A stranger comes to your door and asks if someone you don't know is home, and apologizes for having the wrong address;

-Someone rings your doorbell and no one is at the door when you respond;

-Someone is soliciting or attempting to sell you items/services at your home and does not have an approved Hampden Township Peddler's Permit which is required by ordinance;

-Or if someone does have a permit and you are not sure of its validity. If you can safely do so, obtain a description of the person(s), as well as, any vehicle being used and the direction of travel.

Residents should also beware there have been incidents nearby of where tools have been stolen from sheds. Resident should to not leave anything of value in your vehicle.
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