Arlington police investigate string of home break-ins

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ARLINGTON, Mass. -- Arlington police are investigating a string of break-ins that occurred within one neighborhood on Monday.

Four homes on two streets in Arlington Heights were burglarized between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Brian Grady, who returned home to find his Ottawa Road house ransacked Monday night, said he was relieved no one had been home when the break-in happened, but felt violated.

“They slid open the side window and popped right in, onto our dining room table, and went up the stairs and rifled through all our stuff,” Grady said. “They got an iPad, some jewelry, but it was mainly the rifling through all of our belongings that was so disturbing.”

Across the street, Nate Goldshlag had returned from out of town to his back door busted in, the frame ripped off with a crowbar, and his possessions stolen.

“We came back, and the back door had been forced open. And they took a laptop, they took jewelry, they took – believe it or not – a winter coat,” Goldshlag said. “It was pretty disturbing.”

Two other homes on adjacent Iroquois Road were also burglarized. Residents who have lived in the neighborhood for decades said the area has always felt safe and they have never worried about crime.

Police said they do not have any suspects. But detectives have collected evidence of a footprint at one home and other possible fingerprints, while checking with nearby agencies to see if there have been similar crimes in other communities. 

Meanwhile, some residents say they are considering installing surveillance cameras and alarm systems, while others are simply securing their homes and cars and staying vigilant. 

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