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Damage caused to homes near Monroe
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MONROE - Green County Sheriff's deputies are investigating eight incidents of property damage or burglary, but they do not appear to be related to other recent incidents in the area, Sheriff Randy Roderick said Monday.

The most recent incidents likely occurred at some time between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, a department statement said. In each incident glass or screens were damaged, but no property was taken from the homes, according to the sheriff's department

The eight homes are within a four-mile radius of Monroe on Greenbush, Center, Autumn Ridge and Advance roads, and one occurred on County N, the statement said.

A passenger car described as a gray, older Oldsmobile similar to a Cutlass model, was observed leaving the area in one of the incidents.

If anyone has information that could help in the investigation, call the Green County Sheriff's Department at 328-9400, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-7463.

An empty house is a tempting target for a burglar, the sheriff's department statement said.

To help protect a property, ask a neighbor to watch your home, plug in timers to turn lights, radios or televisions on or off at appropriate times, turn the ringer on your telephone down low and don't announce your absence on an answering machine message. Also, leave blinds, shades and curtains in a normal position, and close and lock doors, including garage doors and windows, the statement said.

In unrelated Monroe incidents, the police department has been looking for a man who may have been involved in a possible burglary at about 8 a.m. Nov. 17, in the 900 block of 4th Street.

The homeowner noticed a door to an attached garage had been forced open. Officers and the homeowner weren't able to find anything missing from the property.

Previously, tires on 20 vehicles in the city were slashed Nov. 6 and 7, according to Monroe Police Chief Fred Kelley, and there have been more than 125 incidents of vandalism since May that are being investigated in the city. Many incidents involved lawn ornaments and gazing balls that were stolen, then smashed against cars and buildings.

After speaking with investigators at the Sheriff's department Monday, Roderick said the incidents in the city do not appear to be related to the most recent home property damage being investigated.