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Serial Burglar Strikes Green Hills

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thirty break-ins in three months in one part of town and it seems the same person is responsible for all of them.

It's happening when people are away at work or on vacation.

Homeowners have been keeping an eye on their neighborhoods.

Mike McClelland lives a block from where the Green Hills burglar struck just over a week ago.

"It's somewhat alarming, I guess, and it would make me more diligent to be aware of what's going on in our neighborhood," he said.

Police said it's time for diligence.

Investigators believe the same man may be responsible for as many as 30 burglaries in the Green Hills area.

In nearly every case, the homeowner has been gone.

Now, many people make sure doors and windows are locked before they leave home.

"We used to leave and not even think about worrying about locking the door if we were going to be gone for a while," said Wesley Lunsford.

"Very surprising, but at the same time Green Hills is going through a transition right now," said Joe Senter, another resident.

Police said that transition makes the investigation more difficult. People are renovating and refurbishing old homes.

It's difficult to tell who belongs in the neighborhood and who does not.

"People buying the lots and turning the homes into duplexes, and things like that, so you really have to make an effort to come out and meet the new people," McClelland said.

One victim said the burglar is very neat and tries not to disturb anything. Most residents such as McClelland aren't too worried, but they are keeping a closer eye on who's in the neighborhood.

"I mean, we live on a quiet street and sometimes you see cars coming up and sort of turn around even though it says dead end at the bottom of the street, but they come up anyway and so you always wonder what's going on," he said.

Police are telling residents to their lock doors and windows and to alarm systems if they have them.

In one case, the victim had an alarm, but it was off. Police track crimes in Nashville neighborhoods. To see what's happening around you, click here.

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