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Burglars Steal More Than $40,000 In Jewelry In Bala Cynwyd Area

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They target upscale homes in the Bala Cynwyd area. Sometimes they force their way in the front door, or, they simply use an open door. But the burglars making the rounds here seemed to be after one thing, expensive jewelry.

"It's always been out here," said Ernie Buccino. "I've lived here for 30 years, we've always had burglaries and truthfully we always will."

The burglars broke into a home on the 300  block of Cynwyd Road off Montgomery Avenue and got away with an estimated $42,000 worth of jewelry. Police say there were no signs of forced entry, but the break in now has folks here focused on making their own homes secure.

"We want to be safe so we're taking precautions," said one resident.

"I have the alarm system, but of course that's not an infallible system. I have a house keeper so that's a better safeguard," Buccino said .

On the 700 block of Belmont Terrace, burglars got away with 25 pieces of jewelry, cameras and a 12-gauge shotgun along with 4,500 Mexican Pesos. One neighbor here said up until this break in, she never locked her doors.

Now, that has changed.

Residents praised the local town commissioner for his email alerts on the break-ins.

"He warns everybody about what the police activity is," one neighbor told Fox 29.

On Yale Road, police say the burglars broke into a home while the owners were away on vacation. They ransacked their bedroom and again made off with jewelry. Neighbors say they're on guard for any suspicious activity.

Larry Mayer has his own defense against burglars.

"Besides our alarm, I now put up a security camera on my house two weeks ago," he explained.  

"Keep our doors locked, tell people keep your doors locked and neighbors have to look out for other neighbors. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity," Buccino added.

No arrests have been made.

Most neighbors say they no longer leave their doors and windows open. Some say they have recently installed security alarms or surveillance cameras. 

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