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Kootenai County residents see spike in burglaries

FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2011, 6:51 P.M.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a spike in burglaries over the past couple months.

Residents reported 21 residential burglaries from Sept. 1, 2010 to mid Oct., 2010, according to a sheriff’s office news release. During that same period this year, 91 burglaries were reported.

Most of the recent burglaries occurred in the day while no one was home, the news release said. Doors were forced open and easy-to-carry items stolen.

The sheriff’s office has reassigned deputies to work heavy patrols in residential areas and through investigative and patrol efforts, along with citizen information, have developed some leads on several cases, the news release said.

Suspects may be checking out residences by knocking on doors and offering to sell the homeowners firewood or be hired as a dog-walking service.

Anyone who observes suspicious vehicles or persons should immediately contact Detective Franssen at (208) 446-1300.

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