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Break-Ins Have Silver Spring Neighborhood on Edge

9 break-ins in 10 days



    Shomari Stone reports on a series of burglaries in Silver Spring. (Published Friday, Nov. 30, 2012)

    Police are looking for clues after a string of break-ins in a Silver Spring neighborhood.

    There have been nine break-ins in 10 days, all in homes near University Boulevard between the Beltway and Piney Branch Road.

    The first break-in was Nov. 19.

    Authorities believe the same group of three or four men is responsible for all nine incidents, which have all happened around the same time of day. The burglars have snatched computers, game systems and other electronics stolen from their homes.

    "They took my Xbox," one victim, David, told News4's Shomari Stone. David came home to find the upper window portion of a door smashed in. "I think they took four margarita glasses" -- and a bottle of tequila.

    Police say the crimes are unusual because burglars often look for unlocked doors or windows. These men have been breaking in through locked doors or windows.

    "In this case, it's a little different than usual," said a Montgomery County Police spokesperson. "The suspects are not entering through unlocked doors."

    The suspects may be driving a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows and Virginia license plates, according to some residents who have seen men sitting in a car in the neighborhood.

    "I feel like the worst thing that happened was losing my sense of security," said Shirley, another victim. "Your home is where you feel safe. I've lived here for 30 years, and nothing has ever happened."

    She says she's considering getting a security system.