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Multiple Burglaries in a Kennewick Neighborhood Raise Concerns

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Multiple houses were broken into over the weekend in Kennewick. Multiple houses were broken into over the weekend in Kennewick.
KENNEWICK, WA- Police said burglars struck a string of houses in Kennewick over the weekend, stealing several expensive items.

One family is in shock over what happened to them, and they are not the only ones.

This past weekend alone, three houses, all between Columbia Center Boulevard and South Kellogg Street, were hit and officers said they could all be connected.

Friday night, this family never expected their house to be broken into.  They noticed the TV was missing first.

"We got real spooked. We backed out and then called 9-1-1," said the homeowner.

This owner, who did not want to share his name, said it happened sometime Friday evening.  The suspect went through the family's backyard, threw a rock through the window and broke in, stealing a TV, computer, laptop, tablet, jug of change, and they even took his son's ant farm.

"How proud can you be to take that home to your kid or your son or daughter and feel proud that you stole that for them," said the owner.

The family plans to install an alarm system and to light up any dark areas around their house.

Kennewick Police said nearby neighbors heard glass breaking and another neighbor saw a man walking on the sidewalk near the house, but officers were never called.

"When you see something or hear something out of the ordinary in your neighborhood, call us," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.

That house was not the only one.  Two other houses in the same area were burglarized over the weekend.

"We've had other burglaries, similar areas, but different methods.  These are probably all linked," said Sgt. Lattin.

A nearby neighbor said she now feels concerned, especially since it happened so close to her.

The family is just glad no one was harmed.

"It's just stuff.  Glad we weren't home.  We just feel eerie and we're just going to try to get more protection in our house," said the owner.

Another burglary victim suggests writing down serial numbers, so when something does go missing, it might be easier to identify.

Officers said to lock doors and watch for suspicious behavior.

Police are looking for a white male, 19-25 years old and a white or gray car with peeling paint.