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Vehicle burglars use garage door openers to enter six homes in as many days

In each instance, the residents were home

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said in the past six days, there have been six burglaries where thieves entered homes via their garages. 

According to police, the suspects obtained garage door openers from unlocked cars parked in the homeowners' driveways, which they then used to gain access to the garages and then the homes.

In each instance, the residents were home, and the break ins occurred early in the morning. 

“Don't leave your garage door opener in your car, Make sure that you lock your car door. Make sure that you lock your house up. Don't make it easier than it has to be for the suspects to do this,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman

The suspect is described as being roughly six feet tall and is reportedly either Hispanic or African American with a thin build. 

Officials said, at this time, they do not believe the break ins are linked to the recent string of vehicle burglaries in Prince William County, where thieves have been using garage door openers from unlocked cars to enter garages as well. 

Police urge anyone who believes they have been a victim of a similar crime to immediately come forward. Anyone with any information regarding the six reported break ins or similar incidents is urged to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at (703) 777-0407.


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