Tuesday, February 24, 2009
MONMOUTH -- Monmouth police said they are close to an arrest on a suspect wanted in connection with a rash of home and car burglaries that have taken place since early January.
Officers served a search warrant at a home in the 300 block of Atwater Street on Feb. 19, recovering property stolen during home and car break-ins three days earlier, Sgt. Kim Dorn.
The suspect wasn't home at the time. A name would be released after the department received an arrest warrant from the Polk County District Attorney's Office after press time on Feb. 24, Dorn said.
"There's not enough evidence that says all the incidents point to one person," Dorn said. "But it's likely he's involved in at least some of them."
Police responded to two home and two car burglaries during the second and third weeks of January. Another home and car break-in also took place on Feb. 16 in the 1000 block of Clay Street, Dorn said
All have happened in a roughly eight-block radius in the southeastern corner of Monmouth.
Dorn said some property from the most recent burglary was discovered in yards on Martin and Atwater streets. Most incidents have occurred when occupants of the residences were either asleep or not home.
Items taken thus far include car paperwork, a television, CDs and expensive jewelry. One break-in at a house on Madrona Street resulted in significant damage to doors and windows, Dorn said.
Residents are asked to keep car and house doors locked, interior and motion lights on when not home, and to be more cognizant of what's happening on their streets, Dorn said.
For more information: Monmouth Police Department, 503-838-1109.