The residential burglaries occurred Tuesday, Jan. 14, between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to the San Bruno Police Department.
At about 3 p.m., officers responded to an alarm at a residence in the 1400
block of Crestwood Drive and discovered the home had been burglarized.
At 3:04 p.m., the Police Department received another report of a residential burglary that occurred in the 2500 block of Evergreen Drive.
A third burglary occurred at 3:23 p.m., in the 500 block of Madison Avenue.
Later in the evening, at about 9 p.m., officers took a fourth burglary report at a home in the 100 block of Madison Avenue.
Upon arrival at each residence, officers discovered the suspects had broken into the rear of the homes and that the residences had all been ransacked.
Each resident reported numerous items missing from within their homes, including laptop computers and jewelry. In one of these cases, a firearm was stolen.
It is common for burglars to seek out residences with no one home, police said. In order to ensure this, they knock on front doors. If they get an answer they will come up with something, like asking for directions or if a particular person resides there.
If they get no answer they often enter rear yards then force entry into residences.
The San Bruno Police Department encourages the community to take the following precautions:
- Be mindful of suspicious vehicles and / or persons in your neighborhoods, and report anything out of the ordinary to the Police Department immediately. This would include suspicious people knocking on doors.
- Discourage burglars from targeting your residence by making your home look occupied. Keep a light on and consider parking a car in the driveway when you’re gone. Don’t allow newspapers to pile up outside or fail to put out your garbage cans as this may alert a burglar that you are away.
- Get to know all your adjacent neighbors and agree to watch out for each other’s homes.
- Place alarm and “beware of dog” decals on windows and gates.
- Keep your doors locked.
If your home is broken into:
- Don’t enter if you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door. The suspect may still be inside.
- Use a cellular phone or a neighbors phone to call the police.
- Don’t touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.
- Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
- Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.
The San Bruno Police Department’s Investigative Services Section is investigating these crimes. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is urged to contact the San Bruno Police Department at (650) 616-7100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information regarding these cases can be left anonymously.
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