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Hercules Police Warn About Rash of Residential Burglaries

A rash of residential burglaries last month has prompted a warning from the Hercules Police Department:

The City of Hercules has experienced a series of eight residential burglaries from November 7, 2013, through November 30, 2013. These burglaries are in an area of the City referred to as the “Birds”; a residential area off of Refugio Valley Rd, between Pheasant Dr, and Falcon Dr.

There have been three cases in the 200 block of Starling Way; four cases in the 1800 block of Pheasant Dr; and one case in the 200 block of Bobolink. In all the cases the front, or side garage, doors were forced opened, and “pry” marks could be seen around the door locking mechanism.

Most of the losses are reported as cash; jewelry; and small electronics. The time frame of the break-ins is between 6:00am and 8:30pm. None of the residents were at home at the time the suspect made entry. In one of the incidents the suspect appeared to be deterred due the sounding of an audible residential alarm.

On November 24, 2013, at approximately 10:50am, officer responded to a residential burglary  alarm in the 1800 block of Pheasant Dr. The first officer, on the scene, observed a suspect exiting the front door of the residence. When the officer ordered the suspect to stop, the suspect

ran back into the house and closed the door. The suspect escaped, out the back of the residence, before a perimeter could be set up.

On November 30, 2013, at 8:30pm, residents, from a house in the 200 block of Starling, came home while the suspect was still in the house. The suspect was seen to climb over the fence and run toward Pheasant Dr.

In both of the above incidents the suspect was described as an African American male; 15-16 years of age; 5-6/5-9; 140 pounds; wearing black clothing.Investigators believe all eight burglaries were committed by the same suspect. This was determined by the close proximity of the victim residences; the method of entry; the nature of the losses; and the description of the suspect seen at two of the burglaries.

If anyone has any information regarding any of these cases please call the Hercules Police Department, Detective Collard, at 510-797-8267. If you need immediate assistance call 510-724-1111.

HERE ARE SOME BASIC PREVENTION TIPS:

1) WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT HOME LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS AND; AND ACITVATE ANY ALARM SYSTEM WHENEVER YOU LEAVE YOUR RESIDENCE

2) If someone comes to your door, and you do not know them, do not answer the door. However, try to let the person know there is someone inside, and CALL THE POLICE. If you are using a home phone you can call 911, or 510-724-1111. If you are using a Cell phone call 510-724-1111.

3) TRY TO MAKE YOUR RESIDENCE LOOK OCCUPIED. Leave a car in the drive way; leave a radio or TV on; and put some lights on automatic timers. Try not to leave your trash cans out all day. Maybe you have a neighbor who will put you trash cans on the side of the house.

4) If you are going to be gone have someone collect your mail, and or paper. If you are expecting a package try to have someone pick it up for you.

5) If you are going to be gone for any length of time make sure someone is taking care of your yard, so the house looks lived in. Leave lights on timers. Place the lights in several locations and vary the times they go on and off.

6) WATCH OUT FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR AND ASK THEM TO WATCH OUT FOR YOU. You and your neighbors are the eyes and ears for the Police Department. If you see, or hear, something suspicious, call the police IMMEDIATELY.


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