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Bizarre break-ins in Tower Grove East have neighbors warning others

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A rash of bizarre break-ins in the Tower Grove East neighborhood has residents warning others to check their window locks.  Credit: KMOV A rash of bizarre break-ins in the Tower Grove East neighborhood has residents warning others to check their window locks.  Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A rash of bizarre break-ins in the Tower Grove East neighborhood has residents warning others to check their window locks.

During the warmer weather, police often warn homeowners that an open window can be an inviting sign to thieves.

Lorna Kurdi says recent break-ins across their neighborhood, including two at her home on Arsenal, inspired her and others to install window alarms.

The relatively cheap fix brings her comfort after someone put a chair up next to her window, opened it and took items from her window sill.

"They just took some Trader Joes bags and Koozie cups," said Kurdi.

But down the street, in the 3100 block of Arkansas, residents say there have been five break-ins over the last month. One resident who didn't want to be named said they believe the same person has tried to break-in through the windows.

One time, they were home when they saw the gloved hand coming through the window. Another time, the burglar was successful, entering an apartment and tossing it for valuables. He ended up stealing a passport. 

As the weather warms up and people start opening their windows, police say it is important to check locks and screens after the winter months to ensure they're in working order.

Police also warn garage break-ins ramp up during the warmer months as people start working in their yard more and leaving them open.  It's a problem that can happen in any part of town. 

In addition to adding alarms to her window, Kurdi says she's added a sign that reads, "trash," to discourage anyone else from taking something from her windowsill. 

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