WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A rash of daytime break-ins in a quiet Westfield neighborhood has police investigating tonight.
They say in all of the cases nobody was home and neighbors saw nothing.
Dennis Biagetti says he heard about the break-ins through his neighbor, who was themselves a victim – one of four broken homes into on Wednesday morning.
“Kind of surprised me because we live in a very busy neighborhood. The street has a lot of traffic on it,” says Biagetti.
Police believe one person’s responsible. By tracking only a single pair of footprints in the snow, each break-in was commited with a basement window or back door forced open.
Electronics and jewelry stolen once the suspect was inside the home.
Biagetti says the cars in his driveway may have been a deterrent. “We all take precautions to lock our homes and make sure things are secure,” he says, adding that interaction with neighbors is limited this season.
“We see each other during the summer, but in the winter, the homes are closed up and windows are shut.”
The crimes all happened between 7:30 and noontime when the people in these homes were probably at work. But even if you can’t be in your house every hour of the day, police say there are still ways to protect yourself
“You really should know who your neighbors are. Their first names and what cars they drive,” says Westfield Police Capt. Michael McCabe.
McCabe says that if you see any suspicious vehicle, you should call police or take down a license plate number.
If someone knocks on your door, answer it and if they’re asking for someone who doesn’t live there, it could be a scapegoat.
“It’s no mistake that they went to your house. The only mistake is you were home.”
Even if it truly was a mistake, police say they’re more than happy to do a follow-up.
“It is a real benefit to your neighbors and local law enforcement to identify perpetrators who have been in the area before,” McCabe adds.
Westfield Police say they are currently following leads, but if you have any information on the crimes on Springdale Road, please Westfield Police at (413) 572-6400