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Police investigating burglaries at Lower Yoder Twp. apartment complex


LOWER YODER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A series of burglaries at a suburban Johnstown apartment complex have police on high alert. That's because it's not their typical burglary: Police said someone is gaining entry into the apartments with keys meant to be used by the building supervisor.

West Hills Regional police said they've been alerted to at least four burglaries at the Edwards Hill and Norwood Gardens apartments this month. In each case they said coins, jewelry and cash were taken, but said there's never a sign of forced entry.

Police said it wasn't until this week when they were investigating one of those burglaries that one of the apartment managers noticed a handful of keys missing from a locker -- a locker they said hadn't been forced into. Police said those keys are duplicates to apartments where people are living. They said they can't even determine which apartments are affected, meaning overall security has been compromised.

When 6 News went to talk with the manager of the apartments Friday he said he had no comment. When 6 News asked what steps were being taken to keep residents safe he shut the door.

6 News talked with residents and quickly found out many of them are scared. One woman stood in the parking lot in tears telling 6 News she doesn't know what to do because she lives by herself and doesn't know who might come in. She said the only notification they got from the managers of the building was a slip of paper under their doors letting them know that a few apartments had been broken into. Another person said that piece of paper said nothing about keys being taken.

West Hills Regional police said the it's very much an active investigation -- one they're putting at the top of their priority list. They urge residents to remove any valuables from their apartments and if possible, make it appear as if someone is home when they leave. They urge residents to call police at the first sign of anything that doesn't look right.

 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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