Five homes burglarized in northeast Columbia

Monday, December 13, 2010 | 12:20 p.m. CST; updated 5:27 p.m. CST, Monday, December 13, 2010

COLUMBIA — Residents reported five burglaries in the northeast part of Columbia between Friday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 12.

Electronics, televisions and antique coins were stolen from homes on Risen Star Court, Pinecrest Drive, Fowler Drive, Millay Drive and Woodland Drive, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Two of the burglaries happened late at night on Tuesday. A resident saw the burglar in her home at the 4600 block of Fowler Drive at 9:45 p.m., according to the news release. The female resident called police after she heard loud noises coming from the room she used as an office, according to the news release. The woman then saw the suspect in her living room. The burglar entered through an unlocked door.

Later that night, a resident at the 2100 block of Millay Drive reported another burglary. A man reported that he came home and found that the rear door to his home was damaged and had been forced open, the news release stated.

“We are encouraged by the low number of burglaries this past week and believe the efforts of our patrol officers and investigators are paying off,” Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jessie Haden said in the news release. “However, we still believe that five burglaries are five too many, and we will continue to work diligently to not only solve these, but keep the numbers as low as we can. We ask residents to continue to be proactive with regard to preventing crime, as well."

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