"There's a big heroin problem in the suburbs,” said Lieutenant Bill Kushina, of the Cherry Hill Police Department.
Lt. Kushina blames heroin for a recent rash of burglaries. Since the beginning of October, 41 houses have been burglarized in the Kingston section of Cherry Hill.
The thieves usually get in through an unlocked window or back door, and enter when nobody’s home, according to Lt. Kushina, who says the burglaries are happening both day and night.
The thieves take jewelry, electronics or anything that’s a quick sell, according to police.
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"I've heard about a few people around here and their cars being broken into but not this," said Rachel Habben, a Cherry Hill resident.
On Thursday night, Cherry Hill Police arrested two teens--just 15 and 16-years-old--after two houses were burglarized, on King George Road and Greenvale Road.
“We did make an arrest last evening and both (admit they) are addicted to heroin,” according to Lt. Kushina.
Residents alerted to news of this crime spree say they will be extra cautious, and rely on neighbors to be an extra set of eyes.
"A lot of the neighbors are really good about watching out for each other and we'll keep doing that, too," Habben said.