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PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Police Department is investigating several recent house break-ins in the southeast section of Pittsfield, according to Captain John Mullin.

In a news release, Mullin urged homeowners to be alert and to report suspicious activity in an emergency to 911 or report a break-in to police at (413) 448-9700.

Police reported five break-ins in the past several days, but did not provide exact streets or locations. In most of the cases, the person or persons is breaking in through front and back doors and smashing out windows.

One resident in that area of the city returned home to find her front door broken and that a 14K gold necklace with a diamond pendant and a blue birthstone ring with two diamonds were stolen.

Another resident reported an iPad and a Canon camera stolen, but no sign of forced entry at this house. In another case, a silver and black iPod was stolen from one home in which a person or persons broke a window to get in.

A home was entered Monday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. by someone kicking in the side door. A Nintendo Wii with accessories was stolen.


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A home was also entered between 1 and 5:30 p.m. on Monday when someone forced open the back door. A St. Joseph's Central High School Class of 1977 ring was stolen.

In the news release, the police provided tips to prevent crimes. They urged residents to lock their house doors and first-floor windows, as well as their car doors, to invest in sturdy solid core doors with good frames and locks and security security systems.

Anyone with information about the break-ins is urged to call the detective bureau at (413) 448-9705.