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Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 3:35 p.m.

Crime alert: Pittsfield police caution residents after break-ins

By Cindy Heflin

Pittsfield Township police advised residents to monitor their neighborhoods for suspicious people who appear to be looking for daytime break-in opportunities after two homes were broken into in the Oak Park subdivision in the past four days.

The first break-in was discovered at about 4 p.m. Friday in the 2400 block of Crystal Drive. Someone kicked open the front door and stole a laptop, credit card and loose change. The resident discovered the break-in after arriving home from work, police said.

Sometime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, someone broke in to a home in the 2800 block of Dayton Drive and stole Wii and Xbox 360 video game consoles, iPods, and other electronic equipment. The thief got in through an open window, police said. The resident was at work while the burglary occurred.

Police ask residents to watch for anyone walking around homes, in backyards or knocking on doors of neighbors who are at work. Anyone who sees such activity should call 911. People who have seen such activity in the past should call 734-822-4911.

Police also asked residents to close and lock windows, and patio doors when they leave home.

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Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 11:22 p.m.

I appreciate these recommendations and I believe that the Pittsfield cops do a great job. I see them patrolling all of the time which is nice. As responsible neighbors, we should be on heightened alert with all of the recent break-ins.