MH police investigating series of burglaries

 

A serial burglar has struck seven homes in the upscale hillside
communities of Jackson Oaks and Holiday Lake Estates, and police
are asking residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious people
or vehicles.
A serial burglar has struck seven homes in the upscale hillside communities of Jackson Oaks and Holiday Lake Estates, and police are asking residents to keep an eye out for any suspicious people or vehicles.

The burglaries happened between April and December 2009, with the last one occurring the weekend of New Years Eve. They have all been similar in their method of entry, the choice of items stolen, and the ransacking of each house, Morgan Hill Detective Ken Howard said. The incidents have all taken place during daylight hours when the residents were at work, or while the home dwellers were out of town on vacation.

Four of the burglaries happened in November and December, Howard said.

Police do not yet know how many suspects are involved in the crimes, and they do not have a description of any possible suspects or the vehicle they might be driving.

Each home was entered by forcing the front door open or through an unlocked door. The suspect or suspects have worn gloves to at least some of the burglaries, as so far no fingerprints have been left behind, Howard said.

The “main take” in each burglary is jewelry, Howard said. The thief or thieves have also stolen electronics, guns, checks, and identification documents such as Social Security cards and passports.

A more unusual factor tying the crimes together is the burglar or burglars have also stolen female accessories such as make-up, a purse, and scrap booking supplies, Howard said.

The homes have all been ransacked, Howard said, with drawers and cabinets emptied and the homes left in a mess. In one of the burglaries which happened in December, the thief or thieves even unwrapped a pile of presents under the Christmas tree, apparently looking for items worth stealing.

Larry Hruby, a resident of the neighborhood, said three of the burglaries have happened on his street, Oak Leaf Court. He described the street as an “open court” with about 15 houses. Hruby is not a victim of any of the crimes, but his next-door neighbor was burglarized and he has spoken directly to a number of the victims. He described the incidents as “professional burglaries.”

The crime spree is unusual in Jackson Oaks and Holiday Lake Estates.

“We leave our doors open, it’s been so quiet,” Hruby said.

Police have stepped up their regular patrols of the area in response to the burglaries, Howard said. Residents should be leery of suspicious people and vehicles in the neighborhoods – “people that would be walking around, looking like they have nowhere to go, somebody in a vehicle that looks like they’re lost, or parked in a vehicle and watching a house.”

He said if they do see anything suspicious, residents should not get involved, but should get a good description and a license plate number if possible, and call police.

Anyone with information on these crimes may contact Howard at the Morgan Hill Police Department, (408) 779-2101.

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