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Home Burglaries Spike 46% Compared To Last Year

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“It makes you wanna watch around the neighborhood a little bit,” explained Blake. “It makes you wanna watch around the neighborhood a little bit,” explained Blake.

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KENNEWICK, WA- Police in Kennewick have been investigating 67 burglaries since mid-January, and right now they say stopping them is up to you.

Sergeant Ken Lattin told NBC Right Now trends show these burglars started in the east part of the city, moved central and are now in the southern part of the city. They are removing screens off unlocked windows, getting in sliding glass doors and even breaking locked windows to get in.

Most of the time, these burglars strike when you are not home.

"You think your neighborhood is in the clear, guess what, they're coming to your neighborhood next. So please, help us. We want to hold some people accountable for this, and even the things you think are too heavy, like big screen TV's, they take it. So, they've got more than one person doing this," explained Sgt. Lattin.

Lattin said recently witnesses have identified two vehicles of interest. One is an older model four door with light colored pealing and fading paint. The other is an 80's model orange and silver "U-Haul" style truck. These vehicles have been identified by private security footage and speaking with neighbors around targeted homes.

Police are urging anyone to call them if you see anything suspicious since that will be one of the only ways they can stop these thieves.

If you're interested in finding out crime trends in your neighborhood click here.

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KENNEWICK, WA- Kennewick Police have a warning for homeowners after they noticed a spike in home burglaries.

Four different people reported that their window screens were torn off in attempt to break into their home over the weekend.

Police are saying it is a trend that has been on the rise for the past month.

Calvin Palmer, who lives in the neighborhood where one burglary happened said, “People who break into homes are looking for an easy way in. They look for an opportunity, you leave a window open, they're gonna go through it. You leave a door unlocked, they're gonna come in.”

Palmer, an ex-marine said he was "astounded" that anyone would come into this neighborhood and try to break into a home.

“It just kinda, worries me a little bit. I always, even if we're home, keep the front door locked,” explained Doris Blake who also lives near one of the weekend burglaries.

Blake and her husband have dealt with thieves before, just last month, their brand new garbage bin was taken from their driveway.

Both Palmer and Blake are taking precautionary measures.

“Front doors locked, the back doors locked, all the windows are locked. We are armed in this house,” explained Palmer.

“It makes you wanna watch around the neighborhood a little bit,” explained Blake.

Police say you can stay safe by keeping a neighborhood watch and letting people know when you're out of town. Meanwhile, investigators are trying to find a suspect.

“Foot prints, finger prints to the crime lab. We are trying to develop a suspect. We are talking to informant, pawn shops looking for stolen property. We're hard on the trail,” said Sgt. Ken Lattin with Kennewick Police.

Sergeant Lattin also said to call police whenever you see anyone or anything suspicious in your neighborhood.
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