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CRIME ALERT: Burglars targeting apartments along Puyallup’s Riverwalk Trail

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Nov. 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
November 17, 2009 3:23 pm

Puyallup police want residents living along the Puyallup River to be aware of a recent string of burglaries.

Burglars have hit the apartment complexes located on the south side of the river, from North Meridian to the city limits on East Main Avenue, according to a crime alert sent out today from the city’s police department.

So far this month, seven burglaries have been reported. They’ve taken place at ground-floor apartments next to the Riverwalk Trail. The incidents have been spread out throughout the day and into the evening.

The burglars have gotten inside the apartments through the back sliding glass door, the alert states. In five incidents, the burglar forced open the door with a pry tool. In the other two, the sliders have been unlocked.

The burglars have taken electronics such as laptops, video game systems and TVs.

Puyallup police report there has also been several thefts from vehicles in the area. Car windows have been smashed out and GPS units and other items taken, the alert states.

The police department’s problem-oriented policing unit is working with the management of the apartment complexes.

Investigators have not identified any suspects.

The investigation is ongoing.

Puyallup police offer these tips:

* Make sure your doors and windows are locked.

* Place a stick or other security device in the sliding glass door.

* Record the serial numbers of valuable personal property.

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