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Burglars sneaking in through unlocked windows of West Side homes

At least four homes on Buffalo's West Side were burglarized early Wednesday morning, and in each case the culprit is suspected of climbing in through unlocked windows, police said.

Investigators believe the cases may be connected but have not confirmed that yet, said Buffalo Police Northwest District Chief Anthony Barba.

A woman reported that someone entered her Congress Street apartment through the rear window while she walked her child to school at about 7 a.m. The burglar took a TV and a children's tablet. The window was unlocked.

A West Avenue woman said sometime between midnight and 8:15 a.m. someone entered her home through an unlocked kitchen window and took a gray Chromebook, a cellphone, a Social Security card and $6 in cash.

A West Delavan Avenue man reported that between 3:40 a.m. and 6 a.m. a burglar entered his home through a kitchen window and took two cellphones. Police recovered a black "winter-style face mask" outside which was submitted to evidence.

A Gelston Street man reported that someone entered his home through a bathroom window between 11:05 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and took an Android cellphone, a gaming console, a bicycle and loose change.

Barba reminded the public to be careful about leaving windows and doors unlocked or open as the weather becomes warmer.

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