Santa wasn’t the only person entering residences in Commerce last week.
The Commerce Police Department investigated six burglaries and three other cases of theft during the week of Christmas.
A 62-year-old white male told police someone entered his house on Highland Estates while he and his wife were away Christmas morning.
The burglar apparently entered through a back window. He stole change from a vehicle, money from a “bank” and more change from a storage area.
The victim gave the name of a suspect who had come to the house earlier asking for work and money.
A 61-year-old white female looking after a house on Bowden Street reported that someone broke in through a glass door and went through the house. The woman could not tell if anything was missing.
Someone broke into a State Street house by busting out the window in the front door. The victim, a 34-year-old white male, told police that the thief stole an Xbox console and six games but left a bottle of cologne and a Christmas card and envelope.
A 27-year-old white male said he returned to his Devonshire Drive residence for lunch one day to find the door kicked in, his house ransacked and his laptop computer missing.
A 29-year-old Hispanic male reported that when he and his wife returned to their Old Maysville Road residence Monday morning they found the back door open and a number of items missing.
Both victims work at Baker & Taylor Books, and the victim said he suspected that one of the nine people he’d had to lay off the day before Christmas might have been the thief.
Among the missing items were a .32 caliber pistol, a Wii game, video camera, $750 worth of jewelry, a car radio, $200 worth of perfume, a class ring and a car buffer.
Thieves also hit a Mount Olive Road residence. A 29-year-old white male said his wife came home from work at 4:30 Monday to find the front door pried open.
The man said the master bedroom was trashed, and the burglar(s) took four television sets, a PlayStation, a digital camera, miter saw, laptop computer, various silver rings and a box of checks.
For a full report of incidents and arrests by the Commerce Police Department, see the Dec. 30 issue of The Commerce News.