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Macomb neighborhood hit by series of burglaries

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

Macomb police are warning residents to lock their doors and keep a close eye on their neighborhoods.

This after a string of burglaries on the city's northwest side has people on edge.

Macomb Police tell WGEM that four homes were broken into near the 300 block of North Charles street this past week, and all of them took place in the evening, when residents weren't home.

And now police are asking for your help to find the thieves.

Jen Holstein is a WIU student who lives in the neighborhood targeted by burglars.

She was busy moving out of her house Tuesday, headed to another part of town, in hopes of finding a safer neighborhood.

"There's been a lot of break-ins over the year that I've been here, and it's always new cases and I feel like last year it was really bad, so the fact that it was this close to where I did live, is kind of crazy," said Holstein. 

Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker says thieves broke into several homes looking to steal electronics.

"One had a TV and was carrying it off to a car, another individual was observed looking out a window, and the neighbor knew there should be anybody there and called, then of course they fled the scene and we recovered an XBox and a MacBook in the driveway," said Barker.

This summer, Barker says the city has seen nine burglaries on the city's northwest side, a number Barker says is higher than normal.

"We just really try to saturate that area, if we see individuals out walking, we'll do stop and talks. You know ask them how things are going what they're doing," said Barker.

And while Barker says police have no strong leads in the burglaries right now, he does have a strong message for whoever is behind them.

"We're looking for you, and it's just a matter of time, and we will catch you," said Barker.

The Macomb Police Department has started a new program called "Operation ID" where residents can have their valuables specially engraved with their driver's license number.

Then residents put this sticker in their window to warn potential burglars that everything is marked.

You can sign up for "Operation ID" at the Macomb Police Department.

Police are also asking residents if you see anything out of the ordinary or if you have any information about these burglaries to contact them immediately.

 

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