Rash of burglaries at homes in region keep police busy

A rash of residential burglaries or attempted burglaries in Montoursville in the last six days are keeping borough police very busy as officers try to follow leads in the cases, according to borough Police Chief Jeff Gyurina.

In most incidents, jewelry, cash and electronic equipment were taken from the homes that were entered, Gyurina said.

Early Wednesday morning, a resident chased a suspect off his property near Weldon and Chestnut streets after hearing noises that sounded like someone was breaking into his house, Gyurina said.

A second attempted break-in occurred overnight Tuesday at a home seven blocks north at Chestnut Street and Fairview Drive, he added.

The first reported burglary occurred overnight Friday in the 500 block of Jordan Avenue. Other burglaries over the weekend were reported in the 200 block of Washington Street and the 400 block of Cherry Street, Gyurina said.

There was no evidence that any of the houses had been forcibly entered, he added.

Also in the 400 block of Cherry Street, it is believed that someone attempted to break into two houses overnight Sunday. “The screen to a door was cut at one house, and there were marks on a door” at a second home, leading investigators to believe that someone tried to get in, Gyurina said.

This string of crimes follows more than a half a dozen burglaries that have occurred in recent weeks in South Williamsport.

Police are urging residents do the following:

Make sure all the doors to your home are locked.

Call 911 if you see or hear any suspicious activity on your street.

Be aware of your surroundings, know your streets and directions so that information given to a dispatcher about a possible fleeing suspect is accurate.

Keep as many outdoor lights on as possible.

Anyone with security cameras on their property is ask to review the video for any possible leads that could be given to investigators.