Burglars Enter Unlocked Doors of 2 Villanova Basements

Both houses had cash, computers and video game systems stolen.

Two homes in Lower Merion's Villanova section were burglarized in the same manner in the past week, township police said Monday.

A home on the 500 block of Spruce Lane was struck between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The homeowner awoke Wednesday, noticed the basement light was unexpectedly on, then went to investigate and found a 60-inch television worth $7,000 was missing, police said.

Also among the items taken: a laptop, a computer monitor, an Xbox 360, Xbox controllers and games, DVDs, an iPod Touch and $800 in cash.

Every other door to the house had been locked, except the basement door, according to police.

The other burglary happened between 1:30 and 7 a.m. Thursday, on the 700 block of Cedar Lane. When the homeowner awoke, the basement door was standing open, after having been left unlocked at night, police said.

Among the items stolen: laptop and desktop computers, Xbox and Wii consoles, video games and controllers, an iPhone, a Nikon digital camera worth $2,200, a wallet with $600 cash and about $1,000 in other cash.

Anyone with information about the burglaries can call township police at 610-649-1000.

JEFFREY October 17, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Why the victims thought no one would enter an unlocked door is besides me. All my doors are locked all the time. So should everyone's doors. Why would they leave the basement door unlocked when they lock all the other doors?


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