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$20K-Plus Stolen in Jewelry in Monte Sereno, Los Gatos Burglaries

Rash of home break-ins reported on heels of another string of such crimes the week of Feb. 4.

$20K-Plus Stolen in Jewelry in Monte Sereno, Los Gatos Burglaries

Monte Sereno residents on Eaton Lane returned home from an out-of-town trip earlier this month to find more than $20,000 in jewelry stolen and a laptop computer taken, according to police.

The residential burglary was reported at 8:33 p.m. Feb. 2.

That same day, another Monte Sereno resident told police he had spotted the theft of personal property from a private residence at 10:18 a.m. on La Rinconada Drive.

In Los Gatos, a citizen reported a residential burglary at 8:19 a.m. Feb. 2 on Pollard Road. A custom motorcycle was stolen along with personal property.

These crimes were followed by another home break-in on Montclair Road in Los Gatos reported to police at 9:38 p.m. Feb. 3.

Suspects took jewelry and a bicycle, police said.

On Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m. another residential burglary was reported on Hershner Drive in Los Gatos.

The rash of home break-ins was reported on the heels of another string of burglaries east of town in the Vista del Monte neighborhood.

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Chief Scott Seaman said criminals are coming into both towns and are taking advantage of residents when they know they're away on vacation.

"For this reason we need neighbors to watch out for each other and report suspicious activity," Chief Seaman said. "We go to all calls and frequently we find the person and investigate why they're in the neighborhood."

Chief Seaman added: "People might think that the police department is too busy for these calls, but it's exactly the opposite. It's their calls that will help us catch the burglars."

Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Sgt. Steven Walpole has recommended that residents lock their doors and windows to avoid being victims of these crimes.

"Many residential burglaries occur when residents leave their doors unlocked," Sgt. Walpole said in December when similar crimes were reported.

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