PERU — State Police are investigating burglaries in the area where suspects allegedly enter residences when no one is home and steal everything from electronics to guns.
Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation State Police Investigator Rebecca Finn said the first burglary was reported Oct. 11 on Mannix Road, with another call coming four days later to report items missing from a home on Conners Road.
Finn said the break-in occurred during the day while no one was inside the home.
Two more burglaries were reported Oct. 24 in the Morrisonville/Schuyler Falls area; this time suspects targeted a home on Shingle Street and another residence on Norrisville Road.
“We know that they are targeting electronic items but it’s not been limited to that. There are also tools missing,” she said. “We do have some guns missing also.”
Police believe there is more than one suspect involved and that they may be acting in pairs, with one person knocking on the door pretending they are in need of directions while the other scopes out the location.
If no one is home, the house becomes a target for a possible break-in.
Investigators have been in the area conducting interviews and looking for leads, but they are asking for the public’s help in reporting any suspicious activity.
Justin Stearns, owner of Mac’s Safe & Lock in Plattsburgh, said there are steps everyone can take to ensure their home and valuables are locked away, safe from theft.
“The most important thing is the guns. Absolutely get a gun safe that is bolted to the ground,” he said. “This time of year we sell a lot of gun safes and I have yet to hear of someone that regrets it.”
He also recommends the safe is kept out of plain sight, like in a closet or basement.