Crimes and Courts

Bizarre break-ins reported in Bellaire

BELLAIRE, Ohio (WTRF) - Bellaire Police are investigating a bizarre string of break-ins, and they're asking for the community's help.

According to Acting Police Chief Dick Flanagan, the houses had been ransacked.

In some cases, the contents of the refrigerator would be thrown throughout the house and on the carpets.

Flanagan also said furniture had been overturned, and in many cases, curtains are pulled down.

The bizarre part in this seems to be the fact that few items were taken, but the things that were taken are random items, like hair dryers, scissors, and one tennis shoe.

Another unusual detail is the fact that most of the break-ins have happened in the early afternoon.

"When it first started, we thought that possibly it was kids looking for a thrill. But I've been here 25 years, this is the first time I've ever ran across anything like this. Especially when no one is talking. Nobody in the street is saying that 'You might want to check out this person' or 'Hey this is happening you might want to look at that person'. We are getting nothing"," said Flanagan.

Flanagan is asking anyone with information to come forward.

He also said that one person who owns several rental properties that have been broken into is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that would lead to an arrest in the case.


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