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As the holidays approach, local police are warning of an increased number of thefts and burglary attempts.
In White Oak, police this week said more than 15 vehicles were entered over the weekend throughout the borough, while thefts also were reported in Jefferson Hills. Meanwhile, Wilkins police are investigating a burglary in the Gilmore Acres section of the township.
"Burglaries and break-ins are always prevalent around the holidays," a Wilkins Twp. police spokesperson said in an email yesterday, adding that residents should make sure to lock their homes and vehicles. Residents should consider leaving lights on and drawing their curtains when they're away from home, Wilkins police said.
The spokesperson added that police have a suspect in mind in the Gilmore Acres burglary, which occurred in an unoccupied home.
In White Oak, police said items were stolen from vehicles on Summit Street, Delaware, California and Kansas avenues, and Carmella, Marietta and Victoria drives. The thefts are believed to have occurred sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police are reviewing video surveillance footage and said in a release that an investigation is "ongoing."
In Jefferson Hills, one vehicle was stolen late Monday or early Tuesday in the Sylvania Heights section of the borough, off Worthington Avenue, and thefts were reported from other unlocked vehicles.
A Jefferson Hills police spokesperson urged residents: "Lock your car!"
Last week, Southwest Regional Police reported that a home on Victoria Drive in Union Twp. was burglarized sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. A 9 mm Smith & Wesson pistol was stolen. Anyone with information in that theft is asked to call Southwest Regional police at (724) 929-8484.
A theft also was reported Nov. 26 from a vehicle left unlocked in North Huntingdon Twp., police said.
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Originally published December 09, 2015.