Authorities are urging caution after burglaries

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to secure their homes and vehicles after several attempted burglaries in the Chenoweth Creek and Ward Road areas.

While reports of burglary attempts or strings of such crimes are not uncommon in the county, these latest incidents are proving to be different, records show.

Those accused of perpetrating the crimes are doing so in a brazen fashion, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

“The individual or individuals have entered residences while the homeowners are at home. This has occurred both in the daytime and at night,” the release states.

Officials advise people should keep doors and windows locked at their residences. They also caution people to secure garages and to hide garage door openers that may be left in vehicles parked outside.

The release states at least two of the recent burglaries resulted from garage door openers being obtained from unlocked vehicles. The West Virginia State Police also are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information or who observes suspicious activity is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 304-636-2111 or 911.

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