Newton Holding Meeting Over Break-Ins That Hit Five Asian Residents

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NEWTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Newton Police will hold an information session on a string of burglaries over the last month on Thursday.

Police said the break-ins, which happened between June 13 and this past Saturday, only hit homes with Asian residents — something the police have been considering in their investigation. But Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker said whether or not the crimes are racial in nature is not so cut-and-dry.

"We're not seeing any sort of slurs, we're not seeing any damage done to any particular objects," which are things the police would normally see in a hate crime, he said. The break-ins happened on the southern end of Newton, between Newton Centre and Oak Hill, and mostly jewels and valuables were stolen.

The robberies happened on the 900 block of Walnut St., the 600 block of Dedham St., Helene Road, the 700 block of Quinobequin Road, and Country Club Road.

Police published security camera photos of a man they thing may be involved in the Dedham Street and Helene Road burglaries on Wednesday.

A community briefing, hosted by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and Police Chief John Carmichael Jr., will take place on Thursday night at 8:00 to update the public on the break-ins. There have been 45 break-ins in Newton so far this year.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports:

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel

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