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Lansford hit with rash of daylight burglaries

Published July 16. 2010 05:00PM

Summertime, and the livin' isn't easy for Lansford police.

The borough has been pummeled by a rash of daylight burglaries. Several have occurred in the business district, in the first block of West Ridge Street. Four houses were entered or had entries attempted, said Officer Chris Ondrus. In one case, the thief got away with money, jewelry and other valuables. There was also a burglary in the 800 block of East Ridge Street.

The burglaries in the business district were committed in broad daylight, Ondrus said. In one instance, the resident arrived home, and decided to check the outer perimeters of the property. As she walked around to the back, she saw a male, dressed in black, jumping off the back deck of her house. He had gotten into the house, but didn't take anything.

Lansford police are being assisted by state police at Hazleton in processing evidence to solve the crimes.

In the meantime, police advise residents to be on the alert, and to keep cars there have been some car burglaries, too and homes locked. If they see anything suspicious, call police at (570) 645-5844 or call 911.

"People need to be alert," Ondrus said.

Also, with longer daylight hours and warm weather, more children and teens are on the streets late at night, putting themselves at risk and getting into trouble.

Lansford's curfew is 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Police are heavily enforcing the curfews, Ondrus said.

They are also cracking down on traffic violators, so don't double park, block intersections or roll past stop signs.

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