Lyndhurst police warn community against nighttime burlgaries

Posted at 10:35 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 22:35:09-05

Lyndhurst Police say most break-ins happen during the day, when no one is home, but are now warning community members about nighttime burglaries. Someone is burglarizing homes in the middle of the night while families are sleeping, which police say is a rare type of burglary.

"It's getting a little more brazen by these suspects entering these homes," said Michael Scipione of Lyndhurst police. 

There has been ten nighttime burglaries in the last few weeks in Lyndhurst and similar burglaries in Cleveland Heights, Beachwood and South Euclid.

In many of the cases the doors to the attached garage, and other doors were unlocked, and the burglar entered the house. Police say they're taking purses, wallets, cash, and smart phones, anything within reach.

"The suspects, stay in, the basic area of they're entry points, never ventured upstairs, never went where anybody was sleeping, but they still entered a home that was occupied."

While realizing someone entered your house while you were sleeping is a scary scenario, there are some steps you can take. Police say the easiest thing to do is lock all doors.

Motion detector lights are a good idea, because burglars don’t know if you turned the light on or not.

As for the recent break-ins, Lyndhurst police did collect some evidence.

"When we process a scene we have been using DNA swabs lately, and we submit that to the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office for analysis."

On the same nights of the burglaries, 22 cars were entered by thieves.

Police say all of the cars were unlocked.