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Regional Burglary Spree Hits Oxford

Two break ins occur in sheds in recent weeks in Oxford.

A rash of burglaries that has plagued local communities has finally hit Oxford.

The Oxford Resident Trooper's Office has taken reports since Dec. 8 of burglaries from two separate detached buildings on residential property.

The first occurred sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 6:30 a.m. the next morning in a detached garage on Ancient Highway - the homeowner reports a radio controlled car and a BMX bicycle were stolen. The homeowner reports the radio controlled car was worth $500 and the bike was valued at $2,300.

And on Wednesday, a resident on Newgate Road who cuts down trees reported that two of his STIHL chainsaws were stolen from an unlocked shed on his property sometime between Dec. 14 and Wednesday. One chainsaw was worth $360 and another was worth $380, the homeowner reported to police.

Oxford Resident Trooper Sgt. Dan Semosky said other neighboring communities such as Seymour  - the Valley Independent Sentinel reports there have been at least 10 homes broken into, some in broad daylight, in the past three months - as well as Monroe and Newtown have seen burglaries recently. But Oxford residents had not fallen victim to thieves in this latest burglary spree until the past two weeks.

"We knew it was only a matter of time before we had issues," Semosky said.

He said police are looking into whether the incidents are related and are looking for common themes in the burglaries. One theme that is common in many burglaries is that the properties broken into oftentimes have unlocked doors.

Semosky said police encourage people to be vigilant about locking their doors.

Anyone with information about the two reported Oxford burglaries can call Corporal Jim Burr at (203) 888.4353.

Oxford typically does not have an overwhelming number of break-ins, but they are not uncommon here. Other stories about break ins in Oxford recently can be found at these links:

Craig Zac December 21, 2011 at 05:07 PM
TIME TO START KEEPING ONE OF THE DOGS IN THE GARAGE... lol open the door and she'll be on your leg, teeth sunk in to the bone before the door get past your knees... But i guess if your gonna get bit by a guard dog, she would be the one you'd pick, shes so pretty and fluffy!!!!
Will Wilkin December 21, 2011 at 06:32 PM
A lot of good peaceful people I know have mentioned to me lately they are buying guns. One woman said she just wants to be ready to protect her children and property as things break down worse each year in this country. Though most theft is actually committed with fountainpens, http://articles.businessinsider.com/2010-11-04/wall_street/30025308_1_legal-system-white-collar-criminals-white-collar-crimes http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/nov/10/should-some-bankers-be-prosecuted/?pagination=false there is still something viscerally more enraging about the thief physically burglaring your property. One could seek comfort in the likelihood that eventually these particular burglars will be surprised by a homeowner who claims self-defense for killing them. But the sad thing about anger is that it makes us become a lot like what angers us: people who purposely hurt other people. But its their own fault, and the police must get these crooks off the street. If all these burglaries are indeed by one party, we can only see a misguided attempt to make a career of it. Why can't these punks get some ambition and steal from the top, where the impunity would at least make them appear smart?
Craig Zac December 22, 2011 at 05:43 AM
with so many folks out of work around here, it was only a matter of time this stuff became more likly to happen, I just hope that if stuff is getting stolen it is for good reasons like feeding someones kids or trying to keep thier home and not just for fun or to feed a habit. not that stealing for anyreason is ok, id rather it at least be just a really bad idea by a really desperate person who did have good intentions. I guess i have to get off my butt and install the video system i have been sitting on. at least if someone does do anything ill have their face on video.

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