Most of the thefts happen overnight when people are asleep but Lingrell said some houses might have been targeted.
“There was mail stuffed in their mailbox outside, like they’ve been gone on vacation, or non-collected newspapers kind of indicated no one was home,” Lingrell said.
One Urbana resident said he’s not surprised to learn about the thefts.
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“I believe that they are coming up here a lot of them are druggies and taking it to go get their money,” Dominick Klco said.
The public would be a great help in solving the cases, the chief believes.
“If you see something, say something,” Lingrell said. “If something seems out of place in your neighborhood, it’s probably out of place.”
He also said people need to keep their properties well-lit and they should take inventory of their belongings.
“When you do have expensive property or any property, log the serial numbers, or the model numbers and take pictures of your property,” Lingrell said.
The division has identified people of interest in the thefts but they don’t have solid evidence to link the crimes or make an arrest. Anyone who might have information should call the Urbana Police Division at 937-652-4350.