EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSOUTH HILLS CRIME
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Police Have 'Strong Lead' In South Hills Burglary Cases
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Oct. 17, 2012 11:05 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 11:15 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A usually quiet neighborhood in South Hills is on edge after a rash of burglaries.
Police say the crimes have taken place along Louden Heights Road in Charleston.
The thief is targeting jewelry and breaking in broad daylight, police say.
Three homes along the stretch of road were burglarized on October 11th. All of the crimes happened during the day, when the homeowners had already left for work.
The victims all reported having a substantial amount of jewelry taken from their homes, totaling about $40,000.
Police say the suspect is breaking out windows, and crawling in the homes.
In one of the break-ins, the suspect was hurt in the process, and left behind spots of blood in the home.
Also that same day, around 6:00 p.m., a woman that lives on Gat Creek Road told police that someone rang her doorbell, and then began attacking her, but the suspect didn't steal anything.
Right now, police aren't sure if the Louden Heights break-ins and that battery are related.
They say they have a "strong lead" in the break-in cases, and are working towards an arrest.
"Anytime that you have this much jewelry stolen, in a single day, it's very disconcerting and we want to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible and we hope to very soon have the suspect incarceriated for what he did," said Lt. Steve Cooper.
Anyone with information can call Charleston Police at 304-348-6480.
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