Warminster police recently took 12 individuals into custody in connection with numerous that – for the most part – have taken place in the neighborhoods west of York Road.
Since the arrests have been made, the burglary rate in Warminster has dropped, police said.
Two of those arrested - Walter Lee Williams and Christopher Pulliam - reside in Horsham.
William, 21, of Meetinghouse Road, was arrested and charged with committing a burglary in the 300 block of Hickory Road in Warminster on Jan. 28. Williams was allegedly confronted by the homeowners and fled from the home. He attempted to avoid arrest, police said, but was apprehended Friday. Williams is in Bucks County Prison in lieu of bail.
James T. Kowalski, 26, of Street Road in Warminster, was arrested along with Pulliam, 26, of Apple Hill Road in Horsham. The duo were arrested and charged with burglary and related offenses in connection with a Valentine’s Day burglary on Log College Road in Warminster. Both Kowalski and Pulliam have also been charged with burglaries in Montgomery County. Pulliam’s girlfriend, Meghan Doyle, 27, was charged with receiving stolen property and dealing in unlawful proceeds for selling jewelry stolen from the home on Log College Road.
Warminster police are working with other departments to determine if any of the suspects are connected to the recent string of daytime burglaries that have occurred in neighboring towns, Warminster Police Department Detective Sergeant Scott Selisker said.
Additionally, several of the burglary cases remain open and additional arrests are still “pending,” according to a release issued by police.
Many of the alleged burglars entered by breaking a rear door or window and taking items that were small, easy to carry, and could be sold with ease at pawn shops. Some of the items that were commonly taken were: cash, jewelry and small electronics.
Some of the thieves “would use a ruse; such as soliciting for some type of service or accidently knocking on the wrong door if someone was home,” police said. In other cases, burglars would knock on the front door to determine if the house was occupied.
Police suggest following measures to help protect property from burglars:
- Lock all windows and doors when not home, including second floor windows.
- Do not leave keys under a door mat.
- Install security locks on all exterior doors. Security locks are locks which are keyed on both sides especially if the door has glass windows.
- Activate your alarm if you have one installed.
- Hide all valuables somewhere safe especially irreplaceable items such as heirloom jewelry and firearms. Most burglars are easily able to see jewelry boxes on dressers by peering into bedroom windows.
- Photograph all valuables including jewelry and record serial numbers of valuable electronics such as computers, iPods, iPads etc.
- Report all suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.
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