Police investigating thefts 3.11.09

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Police Department is investigating a string of thefts with one common thread: a particular brand of video game system.

Four thefts during the past 10 weeks have all included a video game system of the same make, said police chief Larry Weeks. All four crimes were committed late in the afternoon to early evening.

The first theft was reported Dec. 28 in the 100 block of E. Congress Street. At least one resident was home at the time and he unsuccessfully pursued the thief. The thief entered through an unlocked door.

The other three incidents occurred when the residents were not at home and forceable entry was made. A theft was made in the 100 block of W. Walnut Street on Feb. 15, in the 200 block of Stephenson Street on Feb. 19, and in the 100 block of Wilson Street last Friday.

Along with the game systems, video games, DVDs and various electronics were stolen.

Chief Weeks said his department is following up on some physical evidence, but any additional information would help in the investigation. He’s hoping that a neighbor might have seen some unusual activity.

“We’re asking people to be alert and report suspicious activity,” Chief Weeks said.

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