Police investigate series of burglaries in Columbia

News-DemocratDecember 29, 2013 

— Police are investigating a series of more than 20 car break-ins and two home burglaries since Christmas Day.

City Clerk Ron Colyer's home was broken into overnight while he was home.

Colyer said he woke up early Saturday and realized his Evergreen Lane home had been ransacked while he slept. Some Christmas gifts he gave his wife were among the items stolen. Columbia Police said several larger items were taken from the house.

The Columbia Police Department started investigating the first of more 15 vehicle burglaries that occurred between the evening of Christmas Day until the first call for help at 5:55 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release.

Three separate neighborhoods were targeted: Pioneer Ridge, Glendale and the 600 block of Rapp Street in the center of town. A garage was left open on Rapp Street and items were removed from the garage.

Six more vehicles and a home were burglarized in the Cascade neighborhood overnight from Friday into Saturday.

"We want our residents to watch out for any suspicious behavior around vehicles, and houses within our community," Deputy Police Chief Jerald D. Paul said in a news release. "Call police immediately if anything suspicious is observed so an officer can investigate. We believe somebody has probably already seen a vehicle, person or something that can help us solve these crimes."

As of Sunday, no additional burglaries had been reported to Columbia Police and no additional information was available. The burglaries are all in different areas of Columbia, according to police.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Columbia Police at 281-5151.

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