Police in Ocean City are dealing with nearly two dozen home break–ins in the last couple of weeks and now they are asking for the publics help.
John Rose spent the morning fixing the door on his summer rental that was kicked in after thieves broke in sometime this week.
"You can see all the pieces on the floor here. This was just blown. I glued it back together," home owner John Rose said.
Police say John's situation is similar to the other 21 homes hit across the island between February 21st and this week. Police say homes being targeted are in clusters all over the island.
"They were all forced entry, either a door or a window has been forced open and flat panel or plasma type TV's have been taken," Ocean City Police Capt. Steven Ang said.
Now police are ramping up their patrols. You'll see them on bikes and in cars on the roads and in the back alleys.
Similar reports of home break–ins are happening in Brigantine, but police say it's too early to know whether these cases are related.
"It could be multiple people because you have a lot of new people who have come to the area with the Sandy Storm," Capt. Ang said.
Near 26th and Asbury the streets are desolate, making it easy for the thieves to hit the first and second floors on some of these duplexes one right after the other.
"They kicked in the upstairs door also," Rose said.
Police say because many of the homes were seasonal they are not sure if this is happening during the day or night.
"You never had problems like that in Ocean City. You used to never lock your doors," Rose said.
Police say they are investigating and they want to remind the public if you see something, they want you to say something.
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