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Belchertown police investigating home break-ins

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Belchertown police are investigating a series of home break-ins in the southern part of town near the route 181 corridor. 

It's the last news Christine Hurst wants to hear.

"It makes me a little nervous. Right now, I'm not driving for a while until the doctor says so. So, I'll be here and that's kind of scary," said Hurst.

Hurst had a heart attack a few weeks ago, and is still recovering. 

"If somebody is watching your house, it only takes a minute for them to figure out your schedule," said Hurst. 

Hurst said she's never heard of houses being broken into around this part of town. 

Witnesses believe the break-ins are happening in the afternoon between 2:30 and 3:30.

"I've been hearing on the south end where we live that there has been house break-ins, the guy has been smashing windows in, going into their houses," said Andy Katafisz.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot young white male with long shaggy hair or wearing a long bean winter hat. Witnesses saw him run into a tan or white sedan heading south on 181.

The alarming news is that all of the homes broken into were secured. The doors and windows were both locked. 

"We're basically a commuter town, people working all the time, so houses are empty," said Katafisz.

While the news is certainly unsettling, Andy says he's not scared.

"We have a video surveillance system. We have an alarm system in the house, plus we are protected in other ways," said Katafisz.

If you see anything suspicious in the area, you can contact Belchertown Police at (413) 323-6685.

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