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Homes, churches targeted for burglary in quiet Denver neighborhood

DENVER — Denver Police believe they’re closer to solving a number of recent burglaries in one of the city’s traditionally quiet neighborhoods.

Since January 13th, the DPD crime map shows there have been 10 burglaries in the Cory-Merrill neighborhood located just east of Washington Park, including break-ins at two churches.

A business manager for Saint Vincent de Paul Church says they discovered at least $2,000 in property damage, but he says burglars didn’t get more than $5-10 cash.

Similarly, Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church had property damage, but only discovered roughly $90 missing from collection boxes.

Homeowners in the area weren’t so fortunate.

“This is the back door that was kicked in,” said Andrew Newcomb as he showed the damage to FOX31 Denver.

It has been about a month since Newcomb came home from work to find he’d been a target of a pretty bold break-in.

“My firearms were hidden in an attic, so it wasn’t something that was easily accessible,” Newcomb said. “They looked for them, and found them.”

Despite losing a few thousand dollars worth of firearms and electronics, Newcomb says he’s simply glad nobody was home, especially considering where his back door leads.

“It’s to one of my children’s rooms, so that’s really concerning,” he said.

The ten break-ins across the Cory-Merrill Neighborhood since mid-January have had the attention of police as well.

“Burglars are pattern offenders. They tend to come into an area or a neighborhood and they just start hitting businesses after businesses or home after home,” said DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson.

According to DPD, officers did arrest an unidentified suspect last week, which could help break that pattern. Despite the arrest, it appears there might have been an additional break-in last week.

“Just because we make an arrest of one doesn’t mean the problem is going to stop,” Jackson said. “So we tell people to be our best eyes and ears out there. Look out for your neighbor. “

Despite signs throughout the area for a local neighborhood watch group, that is one area where neighbors say they could all improve.

“We used to have a great neighborhood watch,” Said Terry Danielson, who lives near Newcomb. “I had everybody’s phone number. Everybody else had mine. Now we don’t see that anymore.”

“The neighbors just don’t know each other very well,” Newcomb said.

It’s something they’d like to change, to prevent it from happening again.

“I don’t think you can get any of the things back but it would be nice to see some justice,” he said.