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Series of Home Break-ins Prompts Community Alert in Wilmington

The recent house breaks have taken place in the Lowell Street area, police say

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Fiona Randall found her house in Wilmington, Massachusetts, trashed when she came home on Tuesday.

She knew something was up the moment she pulled into her driveway.

"I came home and noticed the gate was open and the door was ajar in the back garden," she said. "I could see footprints in the snow."

The person who broke in smashed a window then unlocked the door to get into the house.

"They were in like the attic, in all the cupboards, they looked inside our bedding, inside every drawer, they emptied every single cupboard,” said Randall.

Her home isn't the only one that has been broken into in the neighborhood.

Wilmington Police say there has been a rash of break-ins along Lowell Street, a major road in town.

"It's kind of creepy to think that someone could have been in our house so long," said Randall.

Neighbors say the crimes are highly unusual, especially because they happened in the middle of the day.

"We're all pretty close neighbors, and we're going to keep an eye on everybody's home and stay vigilant," said Louis D'Augusta.

Among the items missing from Randall's house are sentimental family heirlooms like her grandmother's wedding ring and a brooch in the shape of the Mayflower that belonged to her great grandmother.

"I don't think it's worth anything from a financial perspective, but it's obviously really important to me as a symbol of my move to the U.S.," said Randall.

Police are asking people who live in the area to report any suspicious activity.

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