Police in southern Washington County dealt with two more daytime home burglaries on Thursday, including one where two handguns were stolen, the latest in a spree in which more than a dozen homes have been hit in recent weeks around the southern end of the county.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to two more home burglary complaints in the town of Cambridge, both homes forcibly entered during the daytime and valuables stolen. Residents discovered the break-ins when they arrived home.

Two handguns were taken from a house on Owlkill Road, sheriff’s Senior Investigator Kristen Hardy said, but she said police were not releasing details. The other occurred on Center Road.

A resident of the area said there had been recent break-in reports in Buskirk, northern Rensselaer County, and the hamlet of Eagle Bridge as well. Police acknowledged burglaries that appear related have taken place in towns in northern Rensselaer County as well as adjacent areas of western Vermont.

The Sheriff’s Office and State Police are working to figure out whether one person or multiple people are responsible for a large number of home burglaries over the past couple of months in Cambridge, Jackson, Salem, Hebron and Argyle. In one, an elderly Hebron woman’s home was hit while she was at church on a Sunday.

Police revealed earlier this week they have been investigating the large-scale spate of crimes, with homes forcibly entered, generally during the daytime, and guns, jewelry and electronics stolen.

The break-ins seem limited to southern Washington and northern Rensselaer counties, as Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Stockdale said his agency has not responded to any recent home burglaries that fit the pattern.

Hardy asked that anyone who witnesses suspicious activity or has information regarding the burglaries contact the Sheriff’s Office at 518-747-4623.

Any residents of areas where burglaries have occurred who have surveillance cameras were asked to check them, and report any suspicious activity they find.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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