String of break-ins in Cleveland suburb has neighbors on edge

Posted at 7:25 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 19:25:40-04

A string of burglaries in a Cleveland suburb has neighbors on high alert. These incidents occurred in the Stonington, Abner Lane and Jonathan Drive areas.

The Hudson Police Department is asking anyone with security surveillance cameras in the Stonington, Abner Lane and Jonathan Drive areas to check their footage between Oct. 15 and 17 for any suspicious activity.

Police say there were three burglaries during that weekend.

“You're just afraid,” said Joann Heitman, a resident in the area. “Nothing makes you feel at ease, when something like this happens, right here in your neighborhood.”

More recently, Heitman said her neighbor reported to police that she saw a man scope out her house.

“She was checking the camera and saw someone in her backyard,” said Heitman.

Police confirmed that incident happened Tuesday night.

Heitman said she has lived in her Hudson home for more than 20 years, but this is the first time she has seen this type of crime in her neighborhood.

“We might have little things, like a mailbox is broken into or something like that, but for someone to invade the home, we don't hear of that often,” she said.

When News 5 reached out to Hudson Police, they emphasized that the overall number of break-ins are not up from last year. So far, they report 24 break-ins in 2017, compared to 30 in 2016.

At the same time, Heitman said she and her neighbors are banding together.

“They always check my house all the time, keep an eye on it, and we all tend to do that for each other,” she said.

Police are continuing to search for the burglars. They said most of the break-ins involved stolen jewelry, cash and wallets, rather than electronics. In addition, most of these homes did not have security alarms.