Newton Police made one arrest after a rash of burglaries in an area of about five blocks last week, but urged continued caution in home and vehicle security.
“People should lock their cars. People should lock their house. They should have lights,” said Lt. Scott Powell of the Newton Police Department. “We have given classes about home defense — what kind of plants to have and how not to block views. … The same advice stands if there is a rash of burglaries or not.”
Shawn Bailey, 31, Newton, was arrested after four vehicular burglaries, two home burglaries and a theft that occurred in the 400 block of SE Second, 500 block of E. First, 200 block of Allison, 200 block of SE Fourth and 100 block of W. Second were reported Oct. 25 and 26.
“We had a rash of burglaries over a 15 hour period and we made an arrest that afternoon,” Powell said. “... It was all in a five-block radius.”
Bailey was also arrested on drug charges, found in possession of methamphetamine. Powell said Newton Police had interacted with Bailey 13 times between Oct. 23 and Oct. 26.
A homeowner in 100 Block of SE 13th of reported a possible break-in Oct. 29 — alarmed when a stack of boxes fell over and they found an open door. Nothing was reported missing. A report was filed following that incident.
According to communitycrimemaps.com, there have been nearly 60 residential burglaries in Newton this year and nearly 90 motor vehicle burglaries this year. Density maps show the area of Main and First Street, and Kansas Avenue between Eighth and Broadway as hotspots for home and motor vehicle burglaries.