EFFINGHAM — Police are still looking for leads after a rash of daytime burglaries have struck the Effingham area.
"We're still just seeking information from the public and are looking at any information we can get," said Effingham City Police Detective Sgt. Todd Ebbert.
The burglaries, which were first reported the week of June 9, have left many community members worried about their possessions, with thieves taking televisions, videogame consoles and other high cost items. Most of the incidents have occurred during the day, with thieves achieving access to homes by prying open doors and windows or entering through unlocked doors.
Two of the robberies have occurred on South Fourth Street, one on Hillside Drive, one in a residence downtown and another in the 1600 block of South Willow Street.
Ebbert said the police are unsure if the robberies have all been conducted by the same individual or group of individuals and said it is too early to tell whether the criminals are local. The only description of any individual involved in the crimes was when one of the suspects, a black male in his 20s, was observed entering a bedroom window before fleeing when he realized people were home. Police officers believe the suspects knock on the door or ring the doorbell before entering a residence.
Ebbert said while daytime burglaries are known to occur, the number which have been reported over a short period of time is the surprising part of the case.
"We've had daytime burglaries over the years," he said. "This is just an odd time."
Ebbert said the best way to deal with the burglaries is for residents to keep an eye not only on their own property but on the ones closest to them.
"They need to lock their doors and have neighbors watch each other's houses," he said. "Neighbors are the ones that know when something's wrong. If you see something, call us and someone will be waiting to go out there."
Those with information on any of the burglaries are encouraged to call the Effingham Police Department at 217-342-0774 or Crimestoppers at 217-347-6538.