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Heartland town on high alert after multiple attempted burglaries

In all cases, the attempted burglaries happened while the occupants are at work. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

After a string of burglaries this month in Knox County, the sheriff is warning residents to lock their doors and be careful what they share on social media.

"It would appear that what's going on is that they're aware of which houses are vacant and which ones aren't," said Knox County Sheriff Robert Becker.

In the past three weeks, there have been five attempted burglaries in Knox City, a sixth was successful.

"Know that your houses are locked," Becker said.

Becker is now cautioning residents so they're not next.

"One of the big things is not posting where you're at and what you're doing on Facebook and social media," Becker said.

In all cases, the attempted burglaries happened while the occupants are at work.

"They're watching through something," Becker said.

Roberts said now he's watching, and residents and their neighbors should be watching too.

"If you have a neighbor or somebody you can trust, let them know you're going to be gone," Becker said.
"We're happy to go and patrol the area a little extra," Becker said.

Protection that should happen both in your house and online.

"Social media is a lot different than what we use to have, and criminals take advantage of that," Becker said.

Becker also said the perpetrator could be someone the victims know.

For any leads, call Becker at 660-342-2701.

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