Rash of Burglaries Reported In McMinnville - KPTV - FOX 12

Rash of Burglaries Reported In McMinnville

Bruce Anderson told his wife not to answer the door when the doorbell at his northwest McMinnville home rang one night last week.

But when the doorbell rang a few more times, his wife went to the door.

"The guy was going ding,ding, ding ding," said Anderson. "She saw him. Simultaneously, he saw her and took off running."

The next day, Anderson learned his neighbor's home was burglarized. He believes the man who came to his house is responsible.

"I imagine he was foolhardy enough that he may have gone right over there," said Anderson, who describes the man as short, very thin and smoking a cigarette.

He feels for his neighbor, who said the burglar took tens of thousands of dollars worth of property from a safe.

"She'll never feel the same about her house. It's terrible," he said.

There's a common link between this burglary and several others in the area around the Michelbook Golf Course.

McMinnville police say, in many cases, neighbors have reported seeing strangers or strange vehicles in the neighborhood around the time of the burglaries.

Police believe the burglaries are connected. They did not say how many homes were burglarized, but say the number is above normal.

Police are urging people to report any suspicious activity as soon as possible.

Strangers in the neighborhood, open doors or windows that are normally closed, missing screens and the sound of breaking glass can be signs of a burglary or a burglar checking to see if someone is home.

To report a crime in progress, call 911.

To report suspicious activity, call the non-emergency number (503) 434-6500.

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