Police: Thieves enter Willoughby homes through rear windows, doors

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio - Willoughby police are urging residents to lock all windows and doors after a string of home break-ins over the weekend.

Officers posted to the department's Facebook page that someone has burglarized homes along Halle Farm Drive , Tamarac Boulevard , and Waldamere Avenue .

On Saturday, Dec. 8, police said someone broke into three condos along the 5900 block of Halle Farm Drive between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. In each break-in, entry was made through a rear bedroom window. Two of the three residential windows were left unlocked and the third was broken out. Jewelry, cash, and coins were stolen.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, police were called to Tamarac Apartments at 38100 Tamarac Boulevard after a tenant reported someone broke into the unit through an unlocked sliding glass patio door. Clothing and several rings described as opal and diamond, emerald and diamond, and a topaz birth stone were stolen.

Late that day, officers responded to a second home break-in at a home on the 4900 block of Waldamere Avenue after someone made entry by breaking out a window to a rear door. Jewelry, a Sentry safe, and a coin collection were stolen.

Anyone with information on these burglaries is asked to call the Willoughby Police Detective Bureau at 440-953-4210.

Just three weeks ago, police arrested Terry Reffitt, 24, of Cleveland in connection with a string of robberies in the same area of Willoughby.

It is not yet clear if Reffitt has any connection with these recent break-ins.

Officers encourage residents to report anything suspicious to police immediately.

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