Salisbury Twp. police ask for help finding burglars

Thieves are breaking in during the day

Posted: 8:00 PM EDT Apr 23, 2013   Updated: 2:07 PM EDT Apr 24, 2013

A rash of burglaries in Salisbury Twp., Lehigh Co., has police and residents on high alert.

Fourteen homes have been hit over the past few weeks, all in broad daylight.

The main thing police are asking for is to be on the look out for one another.

So far, police don't have a description of the people committing the crime or any suspicious vehicle.

While parents watched their children practice soccer at Franko Park, Sarah O'Steen was looking at the latest Facebook alert for the Salisbury Township police.

“There's definite fear," said O'Steen. "I remind the kids, 'Keep the door locked. Don't answer the door if somebody knocks, even if they say it's the police.' You know, check.”

The newest alert told people about a burglary on Lindberg Avenue, on the west side of the township.

"It seems to be all over the township," said Sgt. Donald Sabo, Salisbury Twp. Police Dept. "We've had roughly, in a month-and-a-half, there's been over 13 burglaries in the township and also additional attempted burglaries.”

Investigators said the burglaries are happening between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“It appears the actors or actor has been kicking in either the front door or the rear door to gain access into the homes,” added Sabo.

Once inside, the burglar or burglars are taking small items that are easy to carry.

On the police Facebook page, some people have expressed concern and even talked about taking pictures of anyone or any vehicles that look suspicious. Police said that is good as long as people are being safe.

“Anything they can do to not put themselves in harm's way, that will assist us in our investigation," said Sabo. "So, from a distance, if you can get a description of a vehicle, a description of a person, if you can get a license plate,
certainly I would encourage that. We don't want to put anyone in harm's way.”

Police said they are patrolling the areas, but admitted that people living in the neighborhoods know more of who belongs and who doesn't.

If you have any information in the case, call the Salisbury police at 610-437-5252.