posted on October 24, 2011 13:29
It's become the buzz-word of the summer, and now autumn for local law enforcement: "burglary."
From scrap metal to cash, and even entire vehicles, reports of burglaries en masse have been making headlines since June. The latest area to be victimized is the Town and Village of Oakfield.
"They're drawing a lot of our attention," says Genesee County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Jerome Brewster of the burglaries. Speaking with WBTA News on Monday morning, the chief easily listed off ten burglaries from the past month, nine of those having occurred in Oakfield.
"There was one last week on Judge Road that seems to match up with one we had about a month ago, on Kenyon Road in Alabama," Brewster said. Those were both jewelry thefts.
Other burglaries include:
- a garage on Drake Street, where a pipe wrench was stolen;
- homes on Galloway Road and Fisher Road, both with televisions, cash and other items stolen;
- a pair of dirtbike thefts on Oak Street and Cary Street, in the Village of Oakfield;
- a pick-up truck, also stolen in the Village, on Mill Street; and,
- copper stripped and stolen from a home across from Oakfield-Alabama Elementary on Route 63
"When you start seeing these getting lumped together, it makes you think some of them are probably local people responsible," Brewster said. He calls the number of burglaries unusual for Oakfield, which he characterizes as a quiet community.
The Sheriff's Department is following up on several tips and leads. No arrests have been reported so far in the Oakfield crime spree.