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Belmont Police Investigating String of Burglaries

The burglaries are likely linked to a ring that has also hit San Mateo and Hillsborough

Three homes were hit by burglars Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Belmont Police are investigating whether they are connected to a man who knocked on a neighbor's door inquiring whether their car was for sale.

Burglars hit homes on the 1600 block of Manzanita, the 1700 block of Valley View and the 2000 block of Mezes. Police are looking into whether they are linked to recent burglaries in Hillsborough and San Mateo.

A Belmont resident told police a suspicious man knocked on her door that morning to ask whether her car was for sale. It wasn't, nor was it listed.

He is described as an African American in his mid 20s with a stocky build, a gold grill on his front teeth, wearing a red sweatshirt or jacket.

In the rash of recent burglaries, police said, someone knocks on the door to see if someone is home and if there is no answer, they go to the side or rear of the house and break in.

Belmont Police Chief Dan DeSmidt asked residents to immediately report suspicious activity and take steps to secure their homes.

For a video on suspicious activity, check this video: 

Anyone who may have information regarding these cases is asked to call Belmont Police at 650-595-7400, or the Belmont Police Crime Tip Line at 650-598-3000.  Investigators are particularly interested in talking with anyone residing in the area of these crimes who has security cameras that may have captured an image of the suspect.

db April 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM
As one of the victims on Friday, I have a few suggestions: 1. Put locks on all of your gates - a deterrent that would have helped. 2. Lock all windows even on the second floor - they entered by climbing on the roof. 3. Buy a safe and bolt it to the ground. Put all of your valuables in it. 4. Catalog (write-down) all valuables. 5. Take iPads/Laptops with you if not placed in a safe - be sure to put a password lock on them. 6. Leave a radio on when you leave. Sadly, these burglars will ransack your house. They leave nothing unturned - so hiding items will not work. They are looking for iPads, iPods, Jewelry and other precious small valuables. We as a community need to band together and report any suspicious activity.

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