For Immediate Release: August 16, 2012
Waterloo Region, Ontario – Waterloo Regional Police are appealing to the public for any information that could assist investigators to identify the person or persons responsible for a number of residential break-ins and thefts that have been occurring recently in Kitchener.
Since the beginning of July, police have become aware of twenty-four incidents primarily in the Rosemount and Heritage Park neighbourhoods, and at homes located on side streets running off Weber Street East between Ottawa Street and Fergus Avenue.
Police are additionally concerned about crime analysis results which indicate that an unusually high number of persons over 70 years of age have been targeted. In at least three cases the break-ins occurred during the day and while the victim was in his or her yard. Six other cases believed to have similar circumstances remain under investigation.
The suspect(s) have been forcing doors and cutting screens, and entering through unlocked doors in search of jewellery and cash.
Witnesses had observed a suspicious male at one of the scenes and described him as White, 5’8”, thick grey hair, in his late 40’s.
Investigators would like to remind all homeowners to ensure their houses are properly secured at all times and to contact police with any information about suspicious persons and activity.
Officers remain on active patrol of these neighbourhoods while detectives continue to work with victims and witnesses, but more information is needed. Anyone with information is urged to call Central Division 519 650 8500 ext. 4499 or Crime Stoppers 1 800 222 8477.
Olaf Heinzel, Public Affairs Coordinator
(519) 650-8500 ext. 8773