Police, victims warn of daytime burglar

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN)- Police warn residents after they’re called to investigate three daytime burglaries in the last six days.

Ron Roberts, the PIO for the Kettering Police Department, said the victims come home to find their front door kicked in.

He said it’s something neighbors should keep their eye on, “That door will make a loud pop when it’s forced open. If you hear that, call right away so we can get someone to that house to make sure no one is being the victim of burglary.”

The most recent burglary happened Monday afternoon on Avon Way. The victims told 2 NEWS they were missing a laptop, jewelry, and some cash.

Two burglaries were reported last week on Rockhill and Santa Rosa Avenues.

Joe and Cheryl Shank live on Santa Rosa Avenue. Cheryl told 2 NEWS she came home last Wednesday to find the front door wide open.

The suspects got away with two shotguns, a credit card, and jewelry.

“It was stuff that had sentimental value. I mean he would leave town and leave me little notes, you know that would say do not open until a certain time,” Cheryl said.

Also missing– a police bad that belonged to Joe’s grandfather, “I think that’s a major concern to even the police department that somebody might be out there impersonating a police officer.”

Cheryl said her credit card company contacted her to report the card had been used at a few locations on East Third Street in Dayton.

She and Joe said they will be buying an alarm system for the house– something Roberts strongly suggested to all Kettering residents.

Roberts urged people to have a dead bolt, but also to get to know the neighbors. He said reporting anything suspicious will help police track down the suspect.

If you see a crime occurring,  Kettering police said you should call 911 and say to the dispatcher, “I am reporting a crime in progress,” or you can call 296-2555.

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