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More daytime break-ins; Police say brazen suspect talked with neighbors.

Byline: Michael Kane

WEST BOYLSTON - Police are looking for a suspect in three daytime house breaks last week in which the suspect was seen by several neighbors.

Detective Marcello Tavano said three homes - one in the Stillwater Heights area and two in the area of Regan Circle and Winthrop Street - were broken into last Wednesday, April 7. All of the homes were locked, and the suspect entered by kicking in rear entry doors. Once inside, the target appeared to be small, easily carried items, not larger items, Tavano said.

Evidence collected at all three homes, as well as eyewitness accounts, suggest the break-ins were done by the same person, even though they were in different neighborhoods, Tavano said.

Right now, police do not believe last week's break-ins are related to a series of daytime break-ins in the Prospect Street area in March.

"The evidence does not suggest (they are related), but it is still possible," Tavano said.

Tavano said a white male knocked on two doors on Regan Circle, asking for a specific family's home by name. He was directed to that house, by neighbors who described him as neatly dressed, polite and appearing familiar with the families he asked for, Tavano said.

"His appearance was not alarming. He appeared confident and, because he looked that way, people did not call us," Tavano said.

Tavano said the perpetrator likely was knocking on doors to see if anyone was home. When no one answered, he made his way to the back of the homes to gain entrance.

"I believe, had no one answered at that first house, he would have broken in," Tavano said. "As I believe he would have at the (next) house."

Tavano said the male was described as white, around 6 feet tall, wearing a white button down shirt or golf shirt and khaki or tan pants. He wore glasses and had short brown hair. His car was small, either white or gray and possibly a foreign model.

Tavano asked that residents contact police when they see anything suspicious. All salespeople must be registered at the police station, he said.

"Neighbors are our best defense," he said. "Be alert, and if you see something, call us. We'll come check them out. If (the person) is not up to no good, then they have nothing to worry about."

West Boylston police can be reached at (508) 835-3233.
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