By Walt Hunter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police hope surveillance pictures will help lead them to a serial burglar who has victimized several Chestnut Hill residents.

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Lt. Bob Otto, who heads the Special Investigations Unit at Northwest Detective Division, says the burglar hit several times between 1 and 4 a.m. on Monday, September 15.

The burglaries have occurred in the vicinity of the 8300 blocks of Seminole and Navajo Streets.

In each case, Lt. Otto explains, the burglar moved quickly, entering through an open window, and taking off with easy to carry items like laptops and purses.

So far, Lt. Otto says, the burglar has not threatened or assaulted anyone, but there are concerns about what could happen if he encounters a resident.

Neighbors tell CBS 3’s Walt Hunter that they are on the alert, taking common-sense precautions like fastening windows and activating alarm systems.

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Police say in some cases the burglar appears to have been scared off by an activated alarm or a barking dog.

Investigators also say the burglar appears to be taking advantage of cooler weather, targeting homes where windows are now open or screens are in place.

Police ask anyone with information about the burglar to call Northwest Detectives at 215-686-3353 or 215-546-TIPS.


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