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Concord police believe daytime burglaries may be linked

Stars mark recent burglaries in Concord that happened during the daytime.

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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 older.

Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said the residents, all of whom are between 65 and 70 years old, were not home at the time of the burglaries. O’Malley said that in at least two incidents 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. On Thursday, homes on Lincoln and Rumford streets were broken into, according to the police. All of the break-ins took place by forced entry 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 about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

O’Malley said a resident in an apartment next to the one broken into 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 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 the burglar could have been using the shoveling as an 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.

O’Malley said it’s unclear whether elderly residents are being targeted or whether the age of the victims is a coincidence.

He said several detectives have been assigned to the burglaries.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100. O’Malley also asked that anyone who has seen individuals offering snow shoveling in that area call the police.

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

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