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Thieves Target East Longmeadow – Springfield Border Neigborhood

ELongcruiserEAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Thieves are targeting homes in a neighborhood that crosses the communities of East Longmeadow and Springfield’s East Forest Park.

Christina Mullen who lives on Wood Ave. in East Longmeadow is the latest victim. Someone broke her screen and smashed a window to get in Tuesday.

“Ripped closet doors, a lot of glass to clean up,” said Mullen.

The thief got away with some coins and jewelry that belonged to Mullen’s mother. She also lost her piece of mind.

“Last night was hard to sleep,” said Mullen.

On Monday, a home just a few streets over on Weber Street in Springfield was broken into.

“It appears that someone is preying on the neighbors of that particular neighborhood,” said East Longmeadow Sgt. Patrick Manley.

Sgt. Manely says both break-ins happened during the hours when people were most likely at work.

“They knock on the door, no one is there, they go around back and break in a window or a door,” said Sgt. Manley.

He says break-ins in East Longmeadow are rare. He’s urging people to keep things locked up tight, be on alert and communicate with your neighbors and the police about seeing things out of the ordinary.

“We are just keeping an extra eye open,” said Susan LeBlanc.

LeBlanc lives in-between the two streets. She’s still worried about break-ins she says happened in the area just a few weeks ago.

“We have several neighbors ourselves, we all got security systems,” said LeBlanc.

Sgt. Manley says it’s also a good idea to communicate with your neighbors to let them know you’re going away, so someone will keep an eye on your home.

If you know anything about the recent break-ins you can call East Longmeadow Police at 413-525-5440 or Springfield Police at 413-797-6302.

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