Miami Township has experienced a rash of burglaries involving twelve homes since September 1 that appear to be related. In three of these instances residents were at home and surprised the would-be burglar when they attempted entry. Additional jurisdictions in Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties have also experienced burglaries with similarities and may have been committed by the same individuals.
The method of operation for these crimes involves someone knocking on the door or ringing the door bell. When no one answers the intruders force entry into the home, usually at the back door or a rear window, and remove jewelry and firearms. In all of these burglaries there have been no vehicles in the victim’s driveway and/or packages have been left in plain view at the front door giving clues that no one is at home. If someone does answer the door the offenders give an excuse why they are at the residence, such as, “I’m looking for Amanda, I must have the wrong address” then they leave.
A dark gray, older conversion van has been seen at one of the burglaries. The van has a high top roof with side windows and a window in the in the high top above the windshield. The vehicle was operated by a white female with blonde hair. A male, described as being in his 30’s, thin build, less than 6’ tall with short light brown hair was also at the scene.
If anyone observes this vehicle or other suspicious activity you are urged to immediately contact the Miami Township Police Department at 732-2231 or call 911.
Immediate calls are necessary for officers to get to the scene promptly. Calls while the activity is occurring are paramount in locating the people responsible for these crimes. It is also urged to get license plate numbers for any suspicious activity involving vehicles and to share them with the Miami Township Police dispatch center at 732-2231.
The police department reccomends that when you leave your home, turn on a radio or television tuned to a talk show and turn up the volume to make an intruder think that someone may be in the house. If you are at home and hear someone making entry, make a lot of noise and let them know that you are there and call 911 IMMEDIATELY. Remember not to engage the suspects and to maintain your own safety.