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   HIGH SPRINGS – The High Springs Police Department (HSPD) is searching for a burglar who has been active over the past three weeks.  
   At least six burglaries have occurred at residential and business locations.  The majority of the business-related crimes have happened at night, while residential burglaries have taken place during daylight hours.
   “Not all burglary attempts have been successful,” said HSPD Executive-Operations Lt. Antoine Sheppard.  “A burglary alarm went off at the High Springs Emporium, as well as other businesses and residential homes.  That seemed to scare away the intruder.”
   During a number of these incidents, a young, white male, smaller built, was seen in the area on a bicycle.
   Burglary locations are located in the southern quadrant (Northwest State Road 45), in the northwest quadrant (U.S. Highway 441) and in the downtown area of the city.
   Residential burglaries or attempts have occurred at 24600 N.W. 188th Avenue, 18700 N.W. 243rd Terrace and 24500 N.W 172nd Avenue.  Business burglaries have occurred at Community Outreach, the High Springs Emporium, and the Great Outdoors Cafe.
   Although the Alachua County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) received a complaint Sunday night on the outskirts of High Springs, “There has been no uptick in burglaries being reported in the county area surrounding High Springs,” said Art Forgay, ACSO spokesperson.
   HSPD is taking several investigative measures to apprehend the person(s) responsible for these burglaries and encourage citizens to be vigilant and to report all suspicious activity to law enforcement.  Furthermore, HSPD officials ask that citizens take all preventive measures to ensure that they do not become a victim of a crime.
   Anyone having information about these incidents may contact the HSPD at 386-454-1415 or the Combined Communication Center at 352-955-1818.

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