Police issue warning after five burglaries reported within mile and a half radius of downtown Liberty

LIBERTY, Mo. -- Liberty police are investigating a number of home break-ins that have happened near downtown Liberty recently.

Police say there have been five reported burglaries within a mile and a half radius of the downtown square within the last six weeks.

Liberty oolice say the break-ins could be connected. They are looking for a tall, thin man last seen wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

A majority of the break-ins happened during the day when people leave for work. All the homes were empty when the break-in occurred.

Officers sent out a warning Tuesday after seeing the increase.

According to police, a number of people have come home to an open door or broken window.

Tips to protect your home from burglaries
-Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors
-Install a safe that is bolted down
-Photograph your property for insurance
-Change your locks
-Make your home look occupied and secure
-Don't let mail pile up while you're away

Liberty police are asking you to call if you have any information about the break-ins. Police also say they plan to have increased patrols in the area.