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Police urge vigilance after recent burglaries of homes in Easthampton and Southampton

Easthampton Detective Sgt. Mark Popielarczyk said the burglars appear to be breaking in during the day and getting away with electronics. “They’re kicking in the door, taking items and getting out quick,” he said.

A home on Hendrick Street was broken into sometime Wednesday before 9 p.m. and a home on Torrey Street was broken into Tuesday sometime before 6:45 p.m. In both incidents, televisions and laptops were stolen, Popielarczyk said.

In Southampton, burglars on Saturday attempted to break into two homes on Pomeroy Meadow Road but fled when alarms went off, said Police Chief David Silvernail.

“Then they went to a house that was not alarmed, kicked in the door and stole two TVs,” he said. That home is on College Highway.

“We are following some leads, but we’re looking for the public’s help in this,” Popielarczyk said Thursday. “We’re asking people here to be vigilant.”

He said since the burglars work quickly, calling police as soon as you see a suspicious vehicle or person is key.

“If you see someone carrying a TV and it’s not your neighbor, call us,” he said. “Try to get a description of the vehicle, a license plate number or a description of what the people look like.”

Silvernail said that around the time of the break-ins Saturday, a resident of Middle Road called police about a suspicious person and was able to give police a description of an individual and a vehicle.

He said his department is working on the investigation with the Amherst Police Department because officers in that town recently executed search warrants in burglary cases that they think may be related.

To offer information about the recent break-ins, residents are asked to contact the the Easthampton Police Department at (413) 527-1212 or the Southampton Police Department at (413) 527-1120. To report a possible burglary in progress, dial 911.

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