More Break-Ins Hit Pine

Two most recent burglaries bring latest tally to nine

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After a month-long lull, residents reported two new burglaries in the Pine area this week.

On Wednesday afternoon, security officials reported two break-ins in the Portals III area of Pine to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is already investigating seven burglaries discovered in Pine in January and police are looking into roughly the same number in Payson.

GCSO Det. Jamie Garrett said it is unclear when the most recent burglaries occurred and they could have happened some time ago.

Most of the break-ins in Pine and Payson have been at second homes where the homeowner is away most of the time, making it difficult to pinpoint when the thieves are striking.

On Wednesday, security guards reported a break-in at one Pine home. When sheriff deputies arrived, they searched the area for other break-ins and found evidence of an attempted burglary at a second home, Garrett said.

The two homes were near each other in the Portals III area.

Portals III does not have a security gate, while both Portals I and II do.

Homeowners have discussed installing a gate and many homeowners are electing to install security systems in their homes.

Pine resident Max Foster said he has seen a local alarm company installing dozens of alarms recently.

The last report of a burglary in Pine before Wednesday was Jan. 19.

Since then, Garrett said it appeared increased patrols and neighborhood watch programs were working with no new break-ins reported.

Garrett said the recent break-ins could have happened some time ago and were only just discovered.

Garrett reminded all homeowners to lock their windows and doors and if they are going away for some time, to have a neighbor check on the home periodically.

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