PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – Piqua Police have issued a warning to residents after identifying a crime trend in the south end of the city, specifically centered around Leonard and Summit Streets.
“It’s too close to home,” said Arturo Mendoza, who lives in the area.
Mendoza’s home has not been hit by burglars, but his neighbor’s house next door was.
“Everybody works during the day so they might have targeted the house,” he suggested.
Officials said it appears that’s exactly what’s happening. Over the last three weeks, there have been five break-ins. The thieves have gotten away with valuables, like jewelry, electronics and even guns.
“That bumps it up in our book,” said Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison. “They are probably going to unload them as quickly as they can for as much money as they can. It’s weapons on the streets that are probably going to fall into the wrong hands.”
Chief Jamison said his officers are doing what they can but, it is impossible to saturate just one section of the city.
“I would love it if we could provide that level of service, but there are times we only have three officers to police a city of 20,000,” he said.
With limited resources, Chief Jamison is turning to the community and asking residents, like Mendoza, to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
“We look out for the neighbors. We have good neighbors across the street,” said Mendoza. “We kind of look out for each other.”
Anyone with information on the break-ins is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 222-7867.