Rash of burglaries erupts anew

After a rash of break-ins in November, residential burglaries are once again plaguing Burlingame residents in January, with five thefts occurring within a concentrated area of the city’s eastern region.

Three homes were broken into Nov. 20. Police made no arrests but developed a suspect description: a short Hispanic man and a white pickup truck.

During the last three weeks, more than five burglaries have struck southeastern Burlingame near Washington Park and U.S. Highway 101, police said. Police have not made any arrests in the recent burglaries but came up with similar though basic suspect description: a short Hispanic man with a white pickup truck spotted near one of the burglarized homes.

The mode of operation forthe criminals in the two timeframes is “similar,” said Officer Kevin Kashiwahara. There is no reason yet to believe, however, that there is a connection between the two series of burglaries, he said.

All of the recently broken-into homes were accessed via side and back unlocked windows and doors, police said. Two of the three November burglarized homes were also entered through unlocked areas while suspects broke a back bedroom window of the third house, Burlingame police Cmdr. Mike Matteucci said in November.

None of the recent or November burglaries were home invasions; suspects broke into homes while homeowners were away, police said.

The burglars are likely trying to access doors and windows and breaking in when they discover an unlocked entry point, said Kashiwahara, who added that police have stepped up patrol in the area since the burglaries began.

During the recent break-ins, the burglar or team of burglars swiped items such as jewelry, iPods, laptops, video games and money from five homes, police said. Additional homes have also been burglarized in the same area since last week, but police did not release further information Sunday.

Similar items such as jewelry, a flat-screen TV, laptops and a DVD player were stolen during these Nov. 20 break-ins. The November burglaries occurred within a more spread-out area, striking the 1200 block of Bernal Avenue, the 1000 block of Laguna Avenue and the 1100 block of Oxford Road, police said.

Residents with information should immediately call the Burlingame Police Department at (650) 777-4100.

mrosenberg@examiner.com  

Recent burglaries in Burlingame

» Locations burglarized in last three weeks

300 block of Burlingame Avenue

300 block of Clarendon Road

500 block of Corbitt Drive

600 block of Plymouth Way

» Locations burglarized Nov. 20

1200 block of Bernal Avenue

1000 block of Laguna Avenue

1100 block of Oxford Road

» Items stolen in string of burglaries: Cash, jewelry, laptops, iPods, video games, DVD player, flat-screen TV, PDAs, videos

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