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Yellow Springs burglaries affect cars and homes

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Toward the end of last week and over the weekend, several home and vehicle burglaries occurred in various locations around the village. After receiving at least seven complaints from residents whose property had been trespassed upon, Yellow Springs Police this week issued a warning to all villagers to keep their homes and vehicles locked at all times and to keep valuables out of sight. The warning was the second police have issued in the past month, after an initial spate of vehicle break-ins took place on Feb. 13 and possibly 14.

According to Yellow Springs Sergeant Naomi Penrod this week, over the weekend, break-ins were attempted on several homes in the southwest part of the village. Due to an ongoing investigation, Penrod declined to disclose particulars about the incidents or the streets where they occurred.

Also during the weekend, at least five unlocked vehicles were burglarized in the village’s northwest residential area between Fairfield Pike and Dayton Street. One vehicle with the keys left inside was taken and then recovered Monday near the police station, Penrod said. Several items were taken from the vehicles, including a GPS system, cash, and other items left in plain view.

In potentially related incidents, according to last week’s police records, two possible home “burglary” attempts were made on the nights of Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7, on King Street and Kingsfield Court (see Police Report on those dates). In both cases, the residents heard or saw individuals attempting to enter their houses while they were home in the evenings.

Also possibly related are two vehicle break-ins reported on March 5. According to police records, residents on Woodrow Street and West Whiteman Street both reported that their cars had been entered without permission.

Police would not say whether the recent incidents were related to two vehicle thefts and at least 10 reports of similar vehicle burglaries that occurred in mid-February around Omar Circle, Kingsfield Court, West Center College and other streets in the northwest area of town. The two stolen vehicles were recovered late last month in apartment building parking lots in Fairborn.

An investigation of all the incidents is ongoing. Updates on the story will be posted at

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