Bluffton police are warning residents to be on the lookout for burglars after six residential break-ins in the past 16 days, the department said in a news release Wednesday. All the burglaries appear to have occurred during the day while residents were not at home.
The crimes have occurred in old town and neighborhoods such as the Farm, Pinecrest and Bluffton Park. Police believe the robbers knock on the doors to see if anyone is inside. If no one answers, they walk around the home looking for a way in.
Items taken include high-definition TVs; computers; gaming systems; small electronics, such as iPods and cameras; and jewelry.
One witness saw a man, described as black and slender in his early 20s, park a beige or gold 1990s or early 2000s model Oldsmobile or Buick in one victim's driveway. The man got out and went up to the front door. When no one answered, he walked around the house and got in by pulling up the garage door. Once in the garage, he was able to get into the house and stole numerous items, the release said.
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Police ask residents to report any strangers they see walking around their neighborhood. They also ask residents to get a good description of the strangers and their vehicles.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Bluffton Police Department tip line at 843-706-4560.