Police continue to search for burglars of Harrisonburg student housing

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (Nov. 11):

The Harrisonburg Police Department continues to investigate a string of burglaries in college housing over Thanksgiving and winter breaks.

Police say they've now received 30 total reports of burglaries in student housing during November 17-26 and December 15-January 6.

Most of the burglaries took place at the Copper Beech Townhomes and the Aspen Heights subdivision.

Surveillance photos show a group of people on the back decks of Copper Beech Townhomes during Thanksgiving break and the same group again on Christmas Eve.

But at this point, no arrests have been made.

Both the Harrisonburg Police Department and the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office are investigating. They are now offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of an offender or recovery of stolen property.

If you have such information, you can call the Major Crimes Unit at (540) 437-2640.

If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Solvers at (540) 574-5050 or text “HPD” plus a tip to CRIMES (274637).

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Harrisonburg police officers are searching for a group of people suspected of burglarizing townhomes over Thanksgiving and attempting to do the same on Christmas.

According to the Harrisonburg Police Department, a group of individuals was spotted trespassing on the back decks of multiple residences in Copper Beech Townhomes on the evening of December 24 into the early morning of December 25.

Those individuals were seen checking back doors and were able to get into at least one residence.

Police believe this group could be responsible for the burglaries that happened in the same row of townhomes during Thanksgiving break.

They've released surveillance photos of the group during both time frames.

The department encourages all students returning from winter break to carefully check for any signs of unauthorized entry to their homes or apartments, including damaged locks, broken windows, partially open windows with screens removed, missing items or items that don't belong to you.

Take a careful inventory of your belongings and if you believe your residence was broken into over the break, call police at 540-434-4436 to make a report.

Anyone who knows who the individuals seen in surveillance photos are or who has information connected to the Copper Beech burglaries is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at (540) 437-2640. To remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Solvers at (540) 574-5050 or text “HPD” plus a tip to CRIMES (274637).