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Burglaries - McLean County sheriff's police responded to burglaries at three rural homes on Friday - an unusually high number for a single day - but Sheriff Mike Emery does not think they are connected.

"I can't say they are connected because there are so many miles between the towns," said Emery, noting the burglaries were reported in rural Heyworth, Stanford and Downs. "They just look random. But of course all of them are being investigated."

Sheriff's deputies have responded to eight separate rural burglaries since May 8. Emery said that is higher than usual, but warmer weather usually results in an increase in break-ins and thefts.

Items taken in the thefts included jewelry, computers, cameras and televisions.

"People need to start locking their cars, and locking their house. They just need to be cautious to avoid becoming an easy target for thieves and burglars," said Emery.

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