Three Columbia homes reported burglarized in past eight days

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 4:37 p.m. CDT; updated 6:32 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 21, 2010

COLUMBIA — There have been three reported burglaries of Columbia homes in the past eight days.

The first burglary occurred between 7 and 9:30 p.m. on June 11 at 1103 Stranton Drive. Public information officer Jessie Haden said a teenage female was in the home at the the time of the burglary.

She was listening to music and playing on the computer on the first floor of the house, Haden said. When she went upstairs around 9:30 p.m., she found a laptop and television missing. An Xbox and a game were later found outside in the front yard.

Haden said the burglars most likely dropped the equipment.

The other two burglaries occurred at two residences on Forest Glenn Drive between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on June 18.

According to a news release from police, suspects exited their vehicle and rang the doorbells of the two homes. No one was home and the suspects went to the back doors and forced entry into the homes, the release said.

The news release stated witnesses' described the suspected vehicle the burglars used as a white Chevrolet extended cab pickup truck. It was missing at least one wheel cover and appears to be between a 1999 and 2002 model. Witnesses described it as "junky" or possibly a "work truck."

Forest Glenn Drive and Stranton Drive are close in proximity and all three incidents included the theft of similar electronics, including camera equipment, laptop computers, jewelry and a flat-screen television. However, Haden said no other evidence has been found to indicate that the three burglaries are related.

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