EAST LIVERPOOL - Residents of the outer St. Clair Avenue area are being cautioned by city police to be wary of anything or anyone out of the ordinary in their neighborhoods after a rash of breaking and entering incidents in that area.
Another attempt at a break-in was reported at 3:30 a.m. Thursday at a home on Azalea Avenue, where a would-be intruder was scared off by a neighbor who happened to go outside to smoke.
The neighbor notified police, who responded and found a car that was stolen from Liverpool Township.
According to Justin Wright, acting township police chief, his department received the call from the vehicle's owner, Dike Dawson, that his car was missing from his driveway on Forsythe Place almost simultaneously with a call from East Liverpool police that his car was found near the house on Azalea Avenue.
Wright said the car had struck a deer at some point before being left on Azalea, with a dead deer found on St. Clair Avenue and hair and other remnants of the animal found on the car.
City detectives cautioned residents to "keep vigilant, and watch out for your neighbors," stressing if they see or hear anything unusual to call the police department immediately instead of waiting until the next day.
The break-ins in that area seem to be happening after midnight, unlike those that had happened recently in another part of the city during daylight hours.
Officers are still investigating a home invasion on St. Clair Avenue at the former Caywood Mansion Monday morning during which the occupant chased off three intruders, who had stolen a number of items.