UPDATED, Nov. 8: Arlington police are seeking the public's help after a series of house break-ins over the past several weeks to identify a male suspect caught on video inside one of the affected homes.
Since September, a total of 11 homes in Arlington have been broken into, including seven homes so far in November. The break-ins have occurred throughout the town during the early evening hours, mostly between 4:30 and 8 p.m.
Homes that are being targeted have typically been on corners of streets or in close proximity to a corner. Access has typically been gained through a window in the rear or side of home that's view is obstructed from the street.
Items that have been taken include jewelry, cash, handheld electronics and camera equipment.
In one recent break-in on Moulton Road, a male suspect can be seen on camera in a living room of the home using a flashlight to search the room.
The suspect in video is described as 6-feet 1-inch tall, with a thin build and light skin complexion. He is seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt, long pants, sneakers and gloves.
"We are actively investigating these break-ins, and we ask the members of our community to call 911 immediately if they witness any suspicious or unusual activity in their neighborhood," Chief Fed Ryan said in a Nov. 7 news release from John Guilfoil Public Relations. "Our residents are our eyes and ears. If you see something, say something."
Anyone who has information about these break ins, or who may have video footage of an incident is asked to call the Arlington Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau at 781-316-3910.
YourArlington.com began asking about the break-ins after the Nov. 1 Arlington police log showed a number on Moulton Road and one on Bailey Road. Then on Nov. 6 Communty Crime Watch noted incidents on Bartlett Avenue and Pleasant Street.
Some police reports
The following recent police reports are among those included in the series of break-ins tracked since September:
-- Six officers responded to a 7:56 p.m. call on Nov. 1 from a Moulton Road address, a police report says. A caller told police she was not home but could see from a home security app that someone was in her house and had turned the security camera off.
Police set up a perimeter to stop all possible escape routes. Dispatch got updated information stating the video footage from the security camera was 30 minutes old and not currently happening.
The Moulton Road apartment is unoccupied because it had been put up for sale and did not contain many valuables.
Officers found the point of entry, a kitchen window with a screen removed.
Officers also found that the suspect initially tried to gain access through the dining room window. K9 Officer Michael Hogan responded to the scene to try to track the suspect but was unsuccessful.
The residents of a second apartment said the house was still secure the way they left it.
A police report says the suspect appears to check the hallway to the front door then checks a drawer under the coat rack. "The suspect then walks toward the TV and notices the camera sitting on the TV stand, he then hits/kicks or pulls out the camera ending the video feed," it says.
-- The same day at about 8:54 p.m., police went to a Bailey Road address for a breaking-and-entering investigation. The residents said they were gone most of the day and evening. After arriving home, one resident noticed various rooms had been ransacked.
Because she was upset, the resident was unable to describe a full list of jewelry that was taken, but said she would do so later.
The same evening, at 9:59, police responded to a different Moulton Road address. A resident said he returned about 9:50 to find the apartment had been ransacked and a laptop was missing.
A neighbor's back door appeared to be kicked in.
-- On Nov. 5, at 6:22 p.m., officers responded to a Pleasant Street address for a past breaking and entering.
A resident said he returned home from work and observed his side door was opened and items were stolen, including a laptop.
This news summary was published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, and updated Nov. 8, to add report details.
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