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Rash of break-ins hit South Haven
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - People in a South Haven neighborhood are on edge as police investigate a rash of home break-ins.
The first of several was reported August 28.
The victims tell Newschannel 3 their homes are being targeted in broad daylight.
"At first I was in shock. I really didn't understand what the police were telling me," said a break-in victim.
Since the end of August, South Haven Police have received seven reports of home invasions from south of Phoenix Street to South Haven Place, to Broadway and Cherry.
It's prompted people to become vigilant, watching out for their neighbors homes, and spreading the word on Facebook.
"We're hearing that it's somebody with backpacks that could be walking up to houses, knocking on doors, nobody answers they go around," said Steve Sweet who lives in the area.
Victims tell us they suspect the thieves are young teenagers, who will slit window screens, then slide open unlocked windows to climb in.
They've ripped off laptops, purses, cash and jewelry.
"Every time I go to the jewelry box to put something on there's something else missing that I had forgotten they had taken. The jewelry is priceless to me, what they did with it I have no idea, but there's no way I can get it back," said a victim.
South Haven Police are now boosting their patrols in the area.
"I hope they get caught and realize what they did," said a victim.
South Haven Police are asking people to lock their doors and windows, and to immediately report any suspicious or unusual noises and activities during the early morning hours.