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Sheriff's deputies warn residents about recent burglaries

Henrietta, N.Y. - When the weather started to get cooler at night this week, Ellen Brown thought it would be nice to leave the downstairs windows open to let the cool air in.

"When the weather broke, it was so nice not to have to run the air conditioning and to keep the windows open," Brown explained.

Brown, her husband and her three children live on Coneflower Drive in the Riverton neighborhood in Henrietta. She said the neighborhood has always been safe so she didn’t think leaving the window open would be an issue.

However, around 8 a.m. Thursday morning, there was a knock on the door. A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was at their home to explain that Brown’s purse was found at a park in the city of Rochester.

That’s when the Browns realized they had been burglarized overnight.

The burglar or burglars had taken a lawn chair and placed it under their first floor window. They then popped out the screen and climbed in.

The burglars took Wii games and the console, two laptops, cash out of a wallet, Brown’s purse, a cell phone and a camera.

Brown estimates the burglars got away with at least $2,000 worth of electronics and cash.

Her home wasn’t the only one hit in the neighborhood. She said deputies told her another home was burglarized last week in the neighborhood and a home across the street also was burglarized the same night as hers. It appears the burglars also climbed through the window at that home.

“I just don't understand how anyone can go inside someone's home and do this,” Brown said.

But these types of crimes are more common than we think.

According to a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the burglaries in Henrietta fit into a pattern of burglaries they’ve seen throughout the county for months.

Deputies urge residents to keep windows and doors locked at night.

Other ways to protect yourself from burglars include installing motion-sensitive lights in the backyard and keeping bushes and hedges trimmed so no one can hide behind them.

If you have any information about these crimes, you’re asked to call Crimestoppers at 423-9300.

 Angela Hong, 13WHAM-TV
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