Posted at: 12/30/2012 10:45 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
(ABC 6 News) -- There have been a string of burglaries in Dodge County and now the Sheriff is asking citizens to be on alert.
It starts with a knock at the door, followed by a simple request.
"They'll ask a question like do you know where a neighbor is or something like that,” said Sheriff Jim Jensen.
If no one answers that’s when they’ll burglarize. In most of the burglaries, similar items have been taken.
"Things like tools, stainless steel, scrap metals, tools, welders, batteries, radiators,” said Jensen.
The burglaries are occurring mostly in rural areas in the southwest part of Dodge County in places like Hayfield, Claremont and Blooming Prairie. Most of them have taken place in broad daylight. Some of the burglaries have occurred at places like garages or sheds. When they occur in homes, the suspect will gain entry through open doors or forced entry. Something that concerns area residents.
"I don't want to answer the door. I peek out to see who's out there. If I don't know them then I won't answer the door,” said one resident
Without a good description of the suspect, the Sheriff is encouraging anyone to call with anything that seems suspicious.
"We'd rather have people call ten times and it be absolutely something legitimate and then the one time ya know we do catch somebody and stop a crime from happening,” said Jensen.
In the meantime, Dodge County residents say they will be more cautious when leaving their homes.
"I guess we'll just have to have some of our family keep an eye on the place."
It’s unclear how many people might be responsible for these burglaries. No one has been injured in any of the cases.