NEW CUMBERLAND - Burglars who commit their crime in the light of day may, ultimately, be easier to detect.
That's what Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher is hoping in his appeal to the public for help in solving a string of recent daytime home burglaries.
"We are asking the public to pay attention," Fletcher said, "and be vigilant. Look out for your property and your neighbors' by notifying the sheriff's office immediately if you see anything."
The sheriff's department has received numerous reports this month of daytime burglaries in outlying areas of Hancock County, including Allison Road, Frankfort Road, Pleasant Hill Road and Lyons Road, Fletcher said.
Witnesses have described the suspects as a white female driver with dark hair and an older white male, possibly in his 30s, with dark hair, Fletcher said.
The same vehicle has been seen in several areas where burglaries have occurred: a late 1990s or early 2000s silver and black pickup truck with a cap and an Ohio license plate, he said. Witnesses also have described one of the wheels on the vehicle as different from all the rest.
"We believe these individuals are targeting jewelry boxes but are also opportunists," Fletcher said, noting that other items of significant value have been reported missing from homes.
Fletcher advised the public not to approach the suspects or the vehicle but to call the sheriff's office at 304-564-3911 to report any suspicious activity or sightings.
"We don't know who these people are or if they are violent," he said.