Burglaries plague Vancouver's west side

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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After a recent string of early-morning burglaries on Vancouver’s west side, three more were reported Tuesday. The burglaries have primarily targeted the Carter Park and Arnada neighborhoods.

Vancouver police say the suspect in Tuesday’s burglaries may be a man, about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was spotted wearing a few layers of clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt, possibly another sweatshirt with the No. 12 on it and a jacket that was worn unbuttoned or unzipped.

The suspected burglar walks through neighborhoods, checking for unlocked gates, back doors and windows, typically accessing the backyard through the gate on the side of the house. Two of the burglarized homes were in the area of West 20th Street and Kauffman Avenue, and the other was on East 22nd Street between F and G streets; they occurred between 5:45 and 7:15 a.m., according to an email from Cpl. Drue Russell to area neighbors. Police urge homeowners to make sure all windows, doors and gates are locked.

Residents should report any suspicious activity to 911, especially if it occurs in the early morning. According to the agency’s online crime map, there have been 11 burglaries reported in the past 30 days.