Juveniles have been extremely busy throughout Duncan lately, but so are the Duncan police officers who are dealing with the break-ins and burglaries allegedly caused by some of those juveniles.

Duncan Capt. Jay Evans of the detective division said one juvenile was taken into custody and charged with possession of stolen property, during the early morning hours of May 11. That juvenile was processed through the Community Intervention Center. Another juvenile is still being investigated. Property was recovered from a house burglary and an auto burglary the juveniles are believed to have been connected with.

There also have been several car burglaries in a neighborhood on the west side of the city.

Evans said there were break-ins in the 1100 block of Primrose, 1200 block of Randall Court and 1300 block of Whisenant. They were house and auto break-ins which all took place May 11.

The house break-ins continued May 12, in the 2000 block of Crestmont, Woodcrest and two auto break-ins on Crestline. The area is north of Elk Avenue, near the hospital, Evans said.

“We have suspects and are investigating. It’s primarily open, unlocked cars. Everybody really needs to make sure their cars are locked,” he said.

Evans continues to encourage residents to call their suspicions in immediately.

“If they see anybody out in the middle of the night, with a flashlight and backpack, that’s a little odd, especially having a backpack and out walking after midnight. Nearly all of these have someone carrying a backpack. They have to have some place to put stuff in.”

Callers can just report their location and what they have seen, they can request that an officer not make contact with them. Evans said a patrol car will be dispatched to the reporting person’s location to investigate the indicated neighborhood.

“A large percentage turns out to be nothing,” Evans said.

But, he said if you see someone wandering around after midnight, it pays to pay attention.

“Not that these things don’t happen before midnight, but, normal people are in and not walking around that time of night carrying backpacks.”

— Toni Hopper is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. She can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 132 or by e-mail at: toni.hopper@duncanbanner.com.

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