Burglary Flurry Probed

HPD Investigating 3 Similar Incidents

Posted: February 27, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Three similar early morning burglaries in Harrisonburg since Jan. 2, two of which occurred within a few blocks of each other, have the Harrisonburg Police Department asking for the public’s help.

“Although the cases do have similarities, at this time …  we can’t say these cases are specifically related,” said Lt. Chris Rush of the HPD.  

On Jan. 2, at about 1:45 a.m., residents of a home in the 400 block of Monticello Avenue were awakened by an intruder, according to an HPD release, which described the suspect as a male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall. Police say the intruder fled when the residents woke up.

At about 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 5, police responded to the 500 block of Myers Avenue to a report of an intruder at a residence. The suspect was described as approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing between 180 to 200 pounds, and wearing dark baggy pants and a dark-colored jacket or shirt with a hood.

Officers determined that the suspect entered the house through an unlocked garage door.

Then, at 5 a.m. Saturday, a homeowner in the 200 block of Divot Drive reported to police he confronted an intruder, who fled. Police said the suspect was last seen wearing a black-hooded shirt with dark pants.

The residences on Monticello and Myers avenues are within a half-mile of each other.

The department would not release information on stolen or damaged property, Rush said, due to the ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with additional information on these crimes may contact HPD’s Criminal Investigations Division at 437-2640.

Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Solvers at 574-5050.

Contact Alex Rohr at 574-6293 or arohr@dnronline.com

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