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Concord police believe daytime burglaries may be linked

Four daytime burglaries reported this month in Concord may be related, according to the police, who said the homes are all within a mile of each other, and the residents are all elderly.

Concord police Lt. Tim O’Malley said the residents, none of whom were home at the time of the burglary, are each between 65 and 70 years old. He said in at least two cases the burglar took jewelry and prescription pills.

“The concern is someone is scoping the place out, making sure no one is home and then going in,” O’Malley said.

The police said the first burglary took place Dec. 3 on South Spring Street followed by a Dec. 22 burglary on North Spring Street. Yesterday homes on Lincoln and Rumford streets were broken into, according to the police. All of the burglaries took place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., the police said.

A suspect was only seen during the Lincoln Street burglary, according to O’Malley, who said that incident happened around 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

O’Malley said a resident in an apartment next to the one that was burglarized heard noises next door, looked out into a shared stairwell and saw a man standing at the bottom of the stairs. When the resident asked what the man was doing, he fled through the door, the police said.

The man was described as being about 20 to 30 years old, wearing a dark gray knit hat and a dark sweater, the police said.

The police believe the same man may have been going door to door offering shoveling services before the burglary. O’Malley said that possibility is concerning because it could have given the burglar an easy explanation if questioned by neighbors.

“It makes it easier for someone to walk up to a porch and ring a doorbell and then if someone asks what they are doing they can say, “Oh, I was shoveling snow,” he said.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

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