By Matt Rivers

MOORESTOWN, N.J., (CBS) — A string of burglaries in Moorestown, New Jersey recently have been connected to similar crimes over the summer, according to Moorestown police.

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“You don’t really expect things like that around here, but it happens, so it’s a bit disconcerting,” said Bill Darling, who lives close to one of the homes that was burglarized.

The crimes happened at night.  The first happened on the 600 block of S. Saratoga.  The second happened on the 200 block of Country Club.

“These are large, upscale residences, and entry is being made by different means of force,” said Lt. Lee Lieber, of Moorestown Police.

But the crooks got away with similar items — things easy to sell like watches and jewelry.  If this sounds familiar, it is.  Back in August, there was another string of burglaries in Moorestown that remain unsolved.

“They do appear to be related,” said Lieber.  “We’re also seeing similar burglaries in neighboring towns.”

Wednesday, another home was broken into on the 200 block of Paul Street, only this time, there was a woman inside.  The burglar ran when he saw her, shoving her out of the way.  But that raised police concern.

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“This takes it to a different level,” said Lieber.

The Paul Street robbery joins three others recently that happened during the day.

Police believe these are each separate crimes, unrelated to each other or burglaries from the summer.

But as a result, Moorestown police has altered its officers patrol routes, and a town hall meeting will be scheduled soon.

“I would go that, as I feel like that’s something that it worth my time to get involved,” said Peter Cosmides, who lives near one of the homes that was burglarized.

That’s what police are hoping for, as they try and stop these crimes.

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