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Ovens, video games targeted in nine weekend break-ins

SALISBURY — Thieves took everything from ovens to rolled coins this weekend in a rash of burglaries that police say appear to be unrelated.
Nine burglaries were reported between Friday evening and Sunday night, according to Salisbury Police reports.
Spokeswoman Shelia Lingle said the circumstances around each break-in seem different, leading investigators to believe the burglaries were not committed the same group.
“We go by MOs,” Lingle said, “the time of day, what they’re taking, how it happens.”
Investigators said some of the burglars entered the homes through doors, others through the windows.
“There are several groups, it appears, because they are all a little different,” Lingle said.
To avoid becoming a victim, Lingle said, residents traveling out of town are advised to have trusted neighbors, family or friends keep an eye on unattended homes.
Police also said that multiple newspapers or mail can notify crooks that no one is home.
Here is the list of break-ins:
• A 30-year-old man reported on Saturday that his Patriot Circle home was broken into that afternoon.
The man told officers that his oven, valued at $400, was taken.
• On Saturday afternoon, a South Caldwell Street woman reported that her oven had also been taken from her home sometime in the last 24 hours.
An additional $250 in piping had also been taken from the home.
• A 25-year-old woman told Salisbury Police about 2:30 a.m. that more than $1,600 in video games and jewelry had been taken from her Lincolnton Road home.
The report listed 15 video games, two video game consoles, six earrings, a bracelet and nearly $100 in cash was stolen.
• A Salisbury man told officers Sunday night that his North Jackson Street home had been robbed.
The 46-year-old reported that $20 in cash and another $25 in coins was taken from the home.
• Nothing was reported missing from a South Railroad Street home Sunday night, but officers said the building had been broken into. The shattered windows were estimated at $200.
• Thieves stole $5,370 in goods from a 26-year-old man’s West Henderson Street home, the report said.
Investigators listed $1,500 in video games, $400 in cash, a flat screen television, guitar and guitar case, Nikon camera, two giftcards and an Apple MacBook were stolen.
• A Salisbury man reported Sunday evening that thieves had broken two screens and the door to his Edzell Drive home. Nothing was reported taken from the residence.
• A 21-year-old woman called the authorities after finding that her Partee Street apartment was broken into.
Police said a television, Xbox 360, microwave, space heater and about 200 movies were taken.
• A Salisbury woman reported to police Friday evening that her storm door had been damaged and about $200 in electronics taken from the home.
Police said two DVDs, a telephone and two DVD players were stolen.
Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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