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LPD: Several home burglaries due to unlocked doors

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

Two days, two Lincoln homes, targeted by thieves.

One was near 33rd and Holdrege and the other near 40th and Old Cheney.

One of the victims woke up to find strangers inside his house.  It happened near 32nd and Browning just after midnight Wednesday.

Police say a 46–year–old man woke up when he heard noises in the kitchen, then found two men inside his home.  When he confronted them, police say they hit the man in the face, gashing his nose which later required stitches.

"The only item taken was a Nintendo Wii game system," Officer Katie Flood said.  "That was found just outside the patio doors with blood on it.  Mostly likely, that was the item used to strike the victim."

Police say the suspects got in through an unlocked door.  After hitting the victim, they ran off.

A similar situation happened Tuesday morning in northeast Lincoln.

Police say a 42–year–old woman woke up and discovered someone broke into her house while she was asleep.

Her laptop, camera and jewelry were all taken and the burglar even took off in her car.

"We haven't really had a lot of robbery around here and to think they came in when she was sleeping," neighbor Sandra Bodfield said.

Then around 1:45 Wednesday morning, Lincoln Police and Lincoln Fire and Rescue were called Acher Arms Pawn near 33rd and B on report of a car on fire.  It was the same car that was reported stolen from the victim Tuesday morning.

Officials say the car was completely destroyed and the total loss is more than $15,000.

"They do have a common thread," Officer Katie Flood said.  "In each case, a door was left unsecured.  Now more than ever it's important to make sure that all doors within your home are locked before turning in for the night."

Police are still investigating both cases.

They don't have any suspects at this time.

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