Still without any suspects, Wellesley Police continue to investigate a string of house break-ins which have occurred throughout town this fall.
There have been six possible house break-ins reported in Wellesley since the start of September.
"They are under investigation," said Lieutenant Marie Cleary of the Wellesley Police Department.
The latest was reported on Oct. 18. A purse from a Bay State Road home was found by a child at the intersection of Bay State Road and Pine Street. Sixty dollars in cash was reported stolen from the wallet of the purse.
Cleary said the owner of the purse thinks the item was taken from her home but there was no sign of forced entry.
Cleary said several different break-in methods were used in the six cases, and different items were stolen. "We are not sure if they are related or unrelated."
Cleary also said there has not been one particular neighborhood being targeted.
Jewelry was reported stolen from the home of an Alba Road resident on Oct. 16. Cleary said the resident believes the break-in occurred between the hours of 7 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.
There were no signs of forced entry and no one was in the home at the time of the incident.
Cleary said items of value stolen included two rings and a pair of earrings. Cash was also taken from a wallet.
The cases were reported just days after a reported break-in at an Edmunds Road home on October 12th. A string of three forced entry break-ins were also reported in September at Cypress, Sunset, and Glen Road homes.
Cleary said detectives will continue to look for similar cases that have occurred in other communities to search for potential suspects. The department will look for signs such as the method of the forced entry.
Wellesley police took photographs to try and ascertain the types of tools used to force entry into the homes, said Cleary. Fingerprints from around the targeted areas have also been collected and are being evaluated.
Cleary said it is important for residents to "always lock your doors whether you are home or not home."
Cleary also recommends that residents utilize a home alarm system if they have one and if they possess valuable jewelry in the home, "it would be a good idea to secure it in a safe," she said.
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