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String of 'hot prowl' burglaries in Huntington Beach

A map indicates the area near the Peterson Elementary tract and the Burke School tract in Huntington Beach where over 20 'hot prowl' burglaries and thefts from vehicles have been reported between Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 and Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (Google maps)

February 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
There have been a series of 'hot prowl' burglaries and thefts from vehicles reported in Huntington Beach in the past two weeks.

Residents are very concerned over the burglaries, with over 20 thefts, attempted thefts, and break-ins reported between Jan. 23 and Feb. 2. All of the burglaries reported have been occurring between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.

The thieves have been targeting the Peterson Elementary tract, bounded by Beach Boulevard, Indianapolis Avenue, Newland Street and Atlanta Avenue, and the Burke School tract, bounded by Bushard Street, Indianapolis Avenue, Brookhurst Street, and Atlanta Avenue.

Police say the burglars have been entering residences through unlocked side or rear doors. While the burglars have been stealing a wide variety of items, they seem to be focusing on electronics and cash.

Police are warning residents that leaving windows and doors open is an invitation to burglars. Residents should secure their homes and cars and call the police if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhood.

Anyone with information about the burglaries was urged to contact Sgt. Abrahams at (714) 536-5949 or Detective Goodspeed at (714) 536-5653.