East Campus, south Columbia experienced most spring break burglaries

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Twenty-six residential burglaries were reported over spring break — five more than last year, Columbia police said.

Meanwhile, the number of commercial burglaries dropped from three to zero, according to a news release from police.

Columbia Public Schools, MU, Stephens College and Columbia College had spring break between March 22 and April 1.

Ten of the reported break-ins happened in East Campus, with four on Anthony Street alone. The area between Grindstone Parkway and East Nifong Boulevard was another hot spot, with five burglaries reported in those neighborhoods.

That's a different distribution than last year. Six burglaries occurred on College Avenue then, whereas only one was reported this year.

Police records do not distinguish between student and non-student residences.

"It's difficult to say what a student area is anymore because students live all over the Columbia area," said Officer Latisha Stroer, Columbia police spokeswoman.

Police noticed a spike in burglaries around winter break in 2010, Stroer said. Since then, police have worked overtime during breaks.

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