Islamorada – Detectives in the Upper Keys are continuing to investigate a series of burglaries of occupied homes. Three more homes were burglarized over the weekend – this time in Islamorada. Seven other burglaries took place over the last week in a Key Largo neighborhood.
The three most recent burglaries took place in the vicinity of the 85 mile marker on the old highway. In all three cases, the suspect or suspects entered the homes through unlocked doors and took cash, wallets, purses and electronic equipment. A handgun was taken from one of the homes.
The other seven burglaries took place in the vicinity of the 100 mile marker, in Key Largo. The method of entry is similar in those crimes, and similar items were taken as well.
“I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of locking all your doors and windows when you go to sleep at night,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “It is a simple enough thing to do, and can be the difference between becoming a victim and staying safe and secure in your home.”
Other tips to prevent such crimes:
- Keep outside lights on at night. A burglar is less likely to strike if there is the possibility he will be seen.
- If your dog barks during the night, heed the warning. In several of these cases, dogs in the homes did bark during the nights the crimes occurred.
- If you see or hear anything suspicious call the Sheriff’s Office. We would rather respond immediately and find nothing than respond hours later and find we are too late to stop a crime from taking place. In several of these instances, homeowners saw or heard something but did not call, only to find in the morning they’d been victims of a crime.
Anyone with information about these crime should contact the Sheriff’s Office. Callers may also contact Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. Tipsters can remain anonymous and, if a tip leads to an arrest in the case, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. The Crime Stoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may also be submitted on line at www.tipsubmit.com.