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Arrest halts burglaries. For now

The arrest of a juvenile apparently has put an end to a recent rash of burglaries, but Morris police are cautioning residents against becoming complacent.

Police responded to 10 incidents in which cars, garages and possibly a home were broken into between mid-June and mid-July, said Morris Chief of Police Jim Beauregard.

The juvenile arrested confessed to a car break-in, and since the arrest police have not received additional reports, Beauregard said.

"But I'm quite confident this individual was not working alone," he said. "If people notice something or think that something just doesn't seem right, we'd appreciate a call. It allows us to track what's going on out there."

The reports were "really random" from several locations in town, but that about three or four came from the Highland Homes area, Beauregard said.

Residents should not hesitate to call police, he said.

"It's not so much the value of what's taken," Beauregard said. "Yes, we're concerned about that, but it's more that we know people are working in a particular area stealing stuff. The sooner we can get on top of it the better."

Residents should keep building and car doors locked and report anything that's unusual or different, he said.

"We need to continue to send the message that the public is aware of it, that they're watching and letting us know what's going on," Beauregard said.