HILLIARD, Ohio (AP) – Police in central Ohio are blaming the state’s heroin epidemic for a recent uptick in burglaries.
Authorities in Columbus and surrounding suburbs are urging car owners to keep their vehicles locked and valuables elsewhere.
WBNS-TV reports several residents of a normally quiet apartment complex in suburban Hilliard found their car windows smashed after a string of break-ins the last week.
Heinz von Eckartsberg police chief in nearby Dublin, says many people arrested for property crimes such as burglaries are linked to heroin addiction.
Dublin hosted a town hall meeting in December to talk with residents about the drug epidemic.
A record 1,177 people died of heroin-related overdoses in Ohio in 2014, up from 986 in 2013.
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