COLUMBIA | Police in Columbia are investigating Christmas burglaries at 19 homes.
The first reports of the break-ins were received in the early hours of Friday morning. Police say a dozen homes were hit on a single Columbia street. Seven others in the neighborhood were also burglarized.
The thieves broke doors and windows and made off mostly with small electronics and flat-screen televisions.
Columbia police spokeswoman Jessie Haden says investigators believe the burglaries are related to another string of break-ins that occurred in November and December. The city had 42 home burglaries in November and 72 so far this month.
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Thirteen people in Columbia were arrested recently for burglaries, mostly involving electronics. Haden says police believe those behind the break-ins have been trying to sell the stolen items.