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Crime & Courts

Police seek clues in string of Riverside apartment burglaries

RIVERSIDE – Riverside police are investigating a string of apartment burglaries that occurred within a block of each other between Christmas Day and Jan. 21.

Three of the burglaries were reported in an apartment building at 63 Forest Road, the first at 11:50 p.m. Christmas, the second at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and the third at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21.

The fourth burglary, also reported Jan. 21, was reported at 8:40 p.m. in the 0-100 block of East Avenue, a short distance from the scene of the other burglaries.

Flat screen televisions and other electronics such as cameras, computers and laptops were stolen in all of the burglaries. Entry is believed to have been gained through the front door with very little force used.

In several cases, it appeared that some sort of device was used that did not leave any marks on the door jambs to gain entry, police said.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said investigators hand delivered a community alert to residents of apartments at 63 Forest Road and 22 East Avenue.

Neither of the buildings were equipped with any type of video surveillance, making it difficult to develop any leads, Weitzel said.

The lobbies in both buildings have secured doors in front and back.

Anyone with information is urged to call Frank Lara at the Riverside Police Department at 708-447-2127.

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