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Rash of Break-Ins Reoccurring Near Southwood Park Neighborhood

A rash of break-ins have been reoccurring near the Southwood Park neighborhood of Fort Wayne, which is located just a few miles southwest of the downtown area.
A rash of break-ins have been reoccurring near the Southwood Park neighborhood of Fort Wayne, which is located just a few miles southwest of the downtown area.

Police say 30 homes have been targeted.  Out of that 30, several homes had valuables stolen like cash, computers, and even cars.  This has all taken place in the last 3 weeks.

Neighborhood Councils plan to meet about these break-ins.  Police say a majority of these break-ins are occurring late at night into the early hours of the morning typically when people are sleeping. 

Caryl Collentine tells WFFT that this is exactly what happened to her, "There were 2 windows open and they took our computer and IPod."

Collentine describes the night her Southwood Park home was burglarized.

"My purse was outside the window and they had just gone through it outside the window.  I thought all the windows were locked and apparently one was closed but it wasn't locked."

She is one of several victims that have been targeted over the past few weeks and says, "It's just very scary, we were in bed when they did this.  They came into our home while we were sleeping."

Michael Joyner with the Fort Wayne Police says not only is the neighborhood a common target, but the criminals are looking for window screens to cut open.

"In the summer time if a person has central air, typically all the windows are closed and it makes it more difficult for a person to break in, but for this time of the year people want to cut the electric bill and take advantage of the nice Fall cool air and you tend to see a small tick in this type of activity."

Steve McCord is President of the Southwood Park Neighborhood Council.  He is sending mailers to residents so everyone is aware of what is going on and says, "We want to make sure residents have all the information they need to take those precautions."

The Neighborhood Association will meet at the Shawnee Library with police to make sure that their residents are not the next victim to this crime.  That meeting is open to the public.
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