A recent rash of burglaries in the Murrieta area has prompted officials to warn residents to be vigilant, aware and to report any suspicious behavior.
According to Sgt. Weller with the Murrieta Police Department, thieves are turning off electrical breakers at targeted homes to determine if someone is home.
Three homes were reportedly burglarized in the evening hours of Saturday Jan. 19.
“Once the home is determined to be unoccupied, the suspects force entry into the residence and ransack, looking for valuable jewelry and/or unsecured firearms,” Sgt. Weller stated in a police report.
Weller also advised residents to place a lock on circuit breaker boxes in addition to installing motion sensor lighting.
Police officers encourage citizens to be extremely aware of their surroundings and to report unusual behavior.
“Valuables and especially firearms should be well secured,” Sgt. Weller added.
Anyone with additional information regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to contact the Murrieta Police Department’s watch commander at 951-696-3615 or provide anonymous tips at 1-800-78-Crime.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer with SWRNN. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.