Barrington police are investigating two home break-ins that occurred sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, April 3 and 4.
The two break-ins — one was at a Sowams Road home and the other at a New Meadow Road house — follow a series of burglaries that took place throughout March and focused mainly in the Rumstick and Mathewson Road sections of town. Police had captured a surveillance image of a possible suspect but have not charged anyone with the crimes.
A Sowams Road resident called police on Thursday to report items missing from her home. She said she had been out of the house running errands in Seekonk and when she returned home noticed that it appeared someone had entered her home. She initially told officers that nothing appeared to be missing, but later called back when she realized a men’s watch and assorted jewelry could not be accounted for.
Also on Thursday, a New Meadow Road resident called police to report his wife’s purse and other items missing from the home. He said he believed the items were stolen sometime between 9 p.m. Wednesday night and 5 a.m. on Thursday. He said the thief may have entered the home through an unlocked door leading to the mud room.
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said both homes were located near the East Bay Bike Path, and a short walk away from one another.
“It seems that that’s the area they (the thief or thieves) have been hitting a lot,” the chief said. “We do have a couple of leads we’re working on. … We’re out, we’re looking, but we need the help of neighbors watching out for neighbors. If you see anything suspicious call us. We’ll respond and see who they are.”
Anyone with information about the break-ins is urged to call the police department’s confidential tip line at 437-3933.