Marietta Police are investigating more than a dozen burglaries in the city over the last two months.
"We've had 16 burglaries since the first of September," police Capt. Jeff Waite said Monday.
Waite declined to say whether police believe any or all of the crimes are related or release much information about them, as the investigation is ongoing.
"The less the bad guys know, the better," he said.
A review of press releases issued by the department over the last month showed at least six burglary reports at different locations around the city. Waite noted the term "burglary" refers to entry of an occupied structure, so a handful of business break-ins do not fall under that category.
The most recent burglary was reported Sunday afternoon by a resident in the 700 block of Washington Street. No specifics on the crime were included in the release.
A laptop computer was reported stolen during the day Friday from a house in the 600 block of Fourth Street.
Two incidents were reported on Oct. 18, both apparently happening while the occupants were at work. In one, the front door of a residence in the 300 block of Virginia Street was forced open and a laptop, video game console, Fenton glass bowl, binoculars and $25 to $35 in change were stolen. In the other, the suspect or suspects forced entry through the back door of a residence in the 600 block of Front Street. No stolen items were listed at that residence.
Dollar coins were reported stolen from a house in the 100 block of Franklin Street on Oct. 15. Another burglary happened a day earlier in the 300 block of Third Street.
Members of an informal Neighborhood Watch group in the Fourth to Eighth and Washington to Warren streets area were exchanging emails and texts about the incidents but said they did not have much information and declined to discuss the situation.
Ken Strahler, coordinator of the Harmar Hill Neighborhood Watch, said he was not aware of any burglaries in their immediate area.
"(We're still) concerned about it, 'cause they can float around to any neighborhood," he said.
Both Strahler and Waite advised people to keep their doors locked and their eyes open for suspicious activity.
"The biggest thing is if you see anything suspicious, call us," Waite said. "I cannot stress that enough. Call us so we can come and check it out."