Burglaries has NJ town on edge

September 9, 2009 2:58:20 PM PDT
Residents in a community not used to crime are being told to lock their doors and windows Wednesday. The warning comes after a string of burglaries, some of which happened at homes where people left windows open.

The crimes are unusual for the quiet New Jersey community of Cranford.

It's a small town with just more than 20,000 people. It's one of those communities where you know your neighbor. So many people were surprised by flyers warning of break-ins in the area.

Police Chief Eric Mason says there have been three break-ins and two attempted break-ins in the last month. That is something that hasn't happened there in years.

He says the suspect or suspects take cash and leave. So far, there have been no confrontations, and thats the way the chief wants it. He encourages residents who may be home at the time to call 911 and stay out of the burglars' way.

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