Residents on edge after series of break-ins in Durham neighborhoods


Alerts were sent out through neighborhood watch email lists. So far, police are not commenting, but residents are speaking out.

"It can happen anywhere," said resident Harriet Carter. "We have hard financial times."

Residents in a number of Durham neighborhoods including Duke Forest and Forest Hills are receiving alerts that indicate there have been a recent string of break-ins.

"It's a little disconcerting. You sort of feel like you have to be on guard and you don't really, really want to have that," said resident Andrew Janiak. "You want your kids to be able to walk around and have a neighborhood feel. So when that happens, it does sort of bother you."

In the Duke Forest area, residents say one of the incidents happened Sunday Night during the Super Bowl.

"Some people were out watching the game with friends and they came home and I think the window was broken," said Janiak.

A police lieutenant said in one of the alerts that there were three breaks-in Wednesday. Two happened on Lark Street, and one on West Markham Avenue.

The warning goes on to say it appears all of the crimes occurred during the day and multiple electronics were stolen. In one of the cases, the thief is described as a young black male with a slim build. In another case, the thief is described as a black male in his 40s, who was seen leaving a home on a dark blue bicycle. In that case only a laptop was stolen.

Residents say they will be vigilant and proactive to keep themselves protected.

"I'm glad I have a security system and a loud-mouthed dog," said Harriet Carter.

"We'll be extra cautious you know since it's happening," said Harriet's husband, Winslow Carter. "A few years ago it let up, and it looks like the cycle is starting again."

Police say if you see anything suspicious call 911 immediately.

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