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Detectives match wits with jewel thief

Det. Kirkpatrick of DCP Det. Kirkpatrick of DCP
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County Police are continuing to investigate two break-ins where thieves got away with more than $50,000 worth of items. Investigators say the similarities in both burglaries is striking.

The alarm sounded at Dr. Rakesh Patel's home on Iron Horse Court Friday night, and a neighbor found his back glass door broken. The next day Dr. Moon Chung found his Fox Hollow Court home broken into.  The back glass door was broken in a similar way.

Investigators soon realized both homes had been broken into about the same time. Both the home owners are doctors who work at the Phoebe Health System, and both were out of town on vacation.

"Both bedrooms were ransacked on each of the burglaries.  And some of the same type of items were taken out of each one.  No electronics were taken, in either one of the burglaries, which is unusual, " said DCP Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick.

What was taken were more than $56,000 worth of high end jewelry, purses, and cash. So Dougherty County Police think there is a good chance the same thief or thieves did the break ins. "This is a time of the year we see our thefts and burglaries increase," said Kirkpatrick.

While Police continue to investigate these burglaries, they warn homeowners to protect your valuables, especially if you are traveling for the holidays.

"What we ask people to do if you have an alarm system, make sure that you activate it when you leave.  If you don't have one you may want to invest in one. We also have a house check list here with the County Police where if you do go out of town, or are not going to be home for an extended period of time, we can add it to our house check list and we'll come by and check on the residence for you," said Kirkpatrick.

Police warn that crooks don't take Christmas off. Investigators are checking with pawn shops across the country for those stolen items.  If you have any information about these burglaries, you could earn a reward. Call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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