Thieves Targeting Homes Near Short North While Residents Sleep

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Burglars are targeting neighborhoods around the Short North while victims are asleep.

OSU student Kevin Sprague woke up Sunday to find out that his bike had been stolen from his King Avenue home. He’s been on a mission to find it.

“I have to get that bike back, it's very important to me,” said Sprague.

Sprague said he has canvassed hundreds of bikes at seven shops in the last two days.

Handy Bikes said that Short North residents show up looking for their stolen bikes almost every day.

“You can almost tell right away they walk in and just start looking around, they're looking for their bike that's missing,” said Chris Ward, Handy Bikes.

In another case in the 800 block of Summit Street, a resident said her purse was stolen after the burglar came in through an unlocked window.

Kate Fresh lives around the corner on Kerr Street and said the news had spread throughout the neighborhood.

“We always have the front light on, back light on, and at night double check that the doors are locked before we go to sleep, windows are closed, stuff like that,” said Fresh.

Sprague thinks one of his roommates may have left the front door unlocked.

For now, he’s riding a loaner bike and he said he’s learned a lesson.

"I guess this is one of those unfortunate incidences. Nobody else's stuff was taken, sometimes you just have to suck it up,” he said.

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