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Bettendorf Police Investigating Several Residential Burglaries

Updated: Aug 13, 2013 10:25 PM

Bettendorf Police are asking everyone to remember to lock their doors and windows after at least seven homes have been burglarized in the city in the last two weeks.

Residents were inside their homes, asleep in their beds, when the burglaries occurred.

Burglaries were reported at two houses early Tuesday morning. Both homes are on Plymouth Drive, just a few hundred feet from each other.

Bettendorf police say burglaries have also been reported on Old Freeport Place, St. Andrews Circle, Barcelona Street, Greenbrier Drive, and Prairie Vista Circle in the last two weeks.

The suspects have been entering the houses through unlocked doors or by cutting through screens and crawling in through windows.

"Someone cut through a screen in the back with the window open, came in and took a couple things out of the kitchen and ran around to the side of the house and dumped my wife's purse and turned off her iPhone and took off," said David Mullinnix, whose Plymouth Drive home was burglarized this week.

Mullinnix says the burglars took cash from the purse and some electronics, coming into his house while he and his family - and their dogs - were asleep upstairs.

"I don't know. Awful brave thieves," he said.

And, it's a similar story at the other house on this street that was hit the same night.

The homeowner says the suspects cut through the screen on her kitchen window, which was closed but not locked. They took two purses, an iPad, and a laptop computer from that house - again, while the residents and their dogs were in bed upstairs.

"I was up the hours from 12 to 3, I didn't hear anything," said Joan Coates, who lives just up the street from one of the homes that was burglarized.

Neighbors we talked to say the whole thing is really scary:

"Not only to find out that people are breaking into homes, but they're breaking into homes where people are asleep! That's frightening," Coates said.

"That's scary. That's a little different situation than if you're not there," agreed Louis Kranovich, who lives next-door to Mullinnix house.

Many people around here said they were surprised by the crimes:

"I've always liked Bettendorf because it seems like a nice, safe area to live in, but I guess you have to expect it sometimes," Kranovich said, "But as long as people learn a lesson, I suppose."

For at least one family whose home was burglarized, the lesson learned will have them changing the way they do things in the future:

"Close windows at night. Make sure all the doors are locked," Mullinnix said.

His next-door neighbors are taking that a step further. Kranovich's family called a security system company to come out to their house Tuesday afternoon.

"I mean people are definitely taking measures," Kranovich said.

"It just goes to show you have to be careful no matter where you live," added Coates.

Similar burglaries have also been reported in Davenport.

Police in both cities are actively investigating all of them.