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Dane Co. officials say daytime burglaries are on the rise


MADISON (WKOW) --  Authorities in Dane County are continuing to investigate a large number of burglaries occurring during the day in the western part of the county.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says since August 16, deputies have been called to 23 homes that were burglarized while the residents were away. Officials say in some cases the thieves left with nothing, while other times, they stole electronics, cash, jewelry, and guns. Investigators if the thieves find an unsecured door or window, they'll take advantage of it, but they have also forced their way into homes on numerous occasions.

According to the sheriff's office, on Wednesday, October 3, three homes in the town of Westport were burglarized. As one of the homeowners approached their house, they saw a white Toyota or Honda leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Officials are seeking information on the possible involvement of this vehicle in the burglaries, and any other tips related to these crimes. It remains unknown if all of these break-ins are related, but there are commonalities.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be aware of neighborhood activity and report anything suspicious by calling 911 immediately. Protect belongings by locking doors, windows, and garages, in addition to securing valuables inside the home. Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Dane County tip line at 608-284-6900.


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