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BY DONNIE JOHNSTON
A rash of burglaries in the southern part of Culpeper County has the Sheriff's Office appealing to the public for help.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Corey Byers said at least 10 burglaries have occurred in the White Shop/Reva/Leon area since the end of July. Jewelry and money--as much as $1,000 in some cases--were taken from homes.
No one was home during any of the burglaries and the doors were locked, authorities said.
"Typically these incidents have occurred at residences between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.," said Lt. Jason Romero. "There is no sign of forced entry to any of the homes, leading us to believe the suspect, or suspects, use a credit card or other plastic to slip locks and open doors."
Byers said that at least one home was burglarized more than once.
"We want homeowners to be vigilant and report suspicious activities," said Sheriff Scott Jenkins. "We strongly encourage all homeowners to keep their doors locked and to install deadbolts if they don't already have them."
Romero said that the Sheriff's Office is not releasing specific details of the individual burglaries at this time "because we're focused on collecting unbiased leads from residents."
The Culpeper burglaries may be related to others that have taken place in neighboring Madison County.
The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 540/727-7523.