BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Boardman Police Department is investigating 15 home burglaries or garage break-ins from the past week that happened either in the afternoon or evening hours.
There were three on Tuesday alone.
“I have never seen a rash of burglaries in the township like this,” Boardman Police Det. Jerry Kamensky said.
Kamensky, who has been on the force for more than 20 years, said on a busy week in the summer, police normally would investigate three burglaries a week.
He said the perpetrators are going in through unlocked and open doors and windows. A Garden Valley Drive resident told police she saw someone run out of her unlocked back door while she was gardening in the front yard and her husband was asleep inside around 7 p.m. on Sunday, according to a police report.
The thief got away with jewelry, a credit card, cash and a tablet computer. Police said this is a problem across the township and they are looking into multiple suspects, but expect their motives to be drug-related.
“People are more, I don’t want to say lackadaisical, but you are leaving the windows open, you are cracking the windows to let the nice air in while you go to work. You are falling victim to crime,” Kamensky said. “Drugs are the driving point behind this, there is no doubt about it.”
He said the best way to prevent a break-in is to lock all windows and doors, even if the homeowner only plans to be gone a short time.
“I don’t know because Boardman has always been safe. It is a beautiful community to live in. I have lived here 38 years. We have all felt very secure, but I think everybody is now taking a second thought and securing their homes a little bit better,” Boardman resident Sandy Depanicis said.
According to a list of addresses where the break-ins occurred, they are spread throughout the township and not concentrated in one area.
“If you see anyone in your neighborhood that does not look normal, call us. It does not hurt to just have us come out there and take a look,” Kamensky said.
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