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Westport Police Probe String of Burglaries

WESTPORT, Conn. – A number of burglaries that have taken place across town since Nov. 1 are the focus of a Westport police investigation.

The most recent burglary was reported Monday at Bedford Middle School. Over the weekend, an exterior window to Room 107 was smashed, and a computer was stolen from the classroom, police said.

Multiple residential burglaries were reported Nov. 9. More than $10,000 worth of items was stolen from one home on Long Lots Road, including a laptop computer and jewelry, police said. A window pane on a rear door at the home had been smashed.

Flat-screen TVs and jewelry were stolen from a house on Bayberry Lane that same day. Police found no sign of forced entry.

Also Nov. 9, jewelry was reported stolen from an apartment at 785 Post Road E. Police said there was no sign of forced entry to the apartment.

A home on Greens Farms Road undergoing renovations was reported burglarized Nov. 7. Police said a hole had been cut through a rear wall of the house — the same method of entry seen in a string of burglaries reported across Fairfield County near the Merritt Parkway last month. A safe was taken from the home.

Other residential burglaries were reported Nov. 8 on Bulkley Avenue North, Nov. 2 on West Branch Road, and Nov. 1 on Compo Road South. Westport Police Capt. Sam Arciola said no evidence suggests these burglaries are connected.

"They varied," Arciola said. They weren't all cases in which the homeowners were away for an extended period of time, he said.

However, he said all burglaries are crimes of opportunity and as such, residents should take steps to protect their property. This includes having mail and newspaper deliveries put on hold when away for extended periods of time; keeping some lights on inside/outside the home or setting lights on timers; telling your neighbors you'll be away; asking neighbors or family to check on your home at various times while you're away; and making sure all doors are locked and setting the alarm, including motion detectors.

Residents should not keep all of their valuables in the same location, Arciola added.

Residents were urged to call the police if they hear or see something out of place on their street or at a neighbor's home. Residents are also urged to write down descriptions and license plate numbers of strange cars in their neighborhoods.

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